August 16, 2017 Edition

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Justices table employee raises

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

At Monday night's quorum court meeting, justices were presented information on a three percent raise to be paid retroactively from the first of the year to all Lawrence County employees, not including elected officials.

Justice Donald Richey moved to table the raises until the next meeting. He said it wasn't on the agenda and the figures weren't presented early enough for the court to review properly.

The court voted 7-2 to table the employee raises. Justice Lloyd Clark pointed out that tabling the vote wouldn't change anything as the raises are set up to be retroactive anyway.

Also at the meeting, Justice Junior Briner gave the budget report. He said that revenue is seeing a slight increase and the county has been able to save on insurance.

There is still some research to be done on the sheriff's budget as the new county jail nears completion. New hires will be needed, and insurance for the jail will have to be assessed. Sheriff Jeff Yates said they are looking into ways to contract out some of the medical requirements instead of hiring a full-time nurse, which would be very costly.

Yates also announced to the court the hiring of T.J. Marlin as a resource officer for Hoxie School.

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