County Administrator ... (gfx) Mike Underwood ... started his job seven years ago at a salary a little over 58-thousand-dollars.
This year, he makes just under 84-thousand. That's a 43-percent increase over seven years
His assistant... (gfx) Margie Tyson... started five years ago at about 28-thousand-dollars. And today, she makes just under 49-thousand. That's almost a 75-percent increase in five years.
In a meeting Tuesday, commissioners reviewed how and why Underwood and Tyson received raises.
Martin said it was one of the reasons why some board members questioned their jobs in early August.
(sub gfx) Sot assistant administrator margie tyson - "So this was what all this was about? This was the reason why I was put through sheer hell?" asked Tyson.
Martin said it was about more than raises and salaries. It was about establishing a standardized pay scale.
That's when he addressed the entire room:
(sub gfx) Sot commissioner daylon martin - 2009 to 2010 were raises given to employees? Did anybody here receive a raise? 2010 to 2011 Did we receive a raise? You got one? (I got one percent) So you only got one percent. That's part of the issue. It's not consistent
Commissioner Tommy Robinson and Underwood said Martin was"stirring the pot" and bringing up old news.
(sub gfx) Sot mike underwood, co administrator - "I feel like you are making accusations and insinuations to individuals and separating them and segregating them and making us feel very small,"
sot standup - In a year ... Almost all employees on the county roster were given raises. The difference between their new and old salary ranged from no raise .. the largest ... At Tyson's almost 13-thousand-dollars. That's when Martin targets the significant jump in Underwood's salary
(sub gfx) sot martin: "In 2012, he had $77,495 and now he makes $82,000 when the rest of the county did not have a significant raise. How is it that the cream of the crop were able to do that?" he said.
The commissioners are requesting more time to study the pay scale. They said this will be brought up in a later meeting for further discussion.
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news
We went to the county commission office today...and also contacted the commissioners for reaction... and left messages... But they have not returned our calls.
So how does the salary for the Jones County administrator compare to administrators in some other Central Georgia counties... around the same size?
It's not easy to compare them directly... because the job descriptions vary from county to county.
But we looked at the numbers.
In Monroe County, where the county administrator also functions as county clerk, the annual salary is almost 57-thousand dollars.
In Crawford... the administrator is also the finance and human resources director and county clerk.
The salary is almost 61-thousand dollars.
In Peach County, the county administrator makes about 98-thousand.
The county does not have a finance director... clerk or human resources director. The administrator's staff handles those duties.
In Baldwin County, the county manager makes 106-thousand dollars a year.
Like Jones County, they have an assistant county manager... but that's currently open and is not being funded by the county.
There are separate positions for finances, clerk and payroll.
In Laurens County, the county administrator makes close to 117-thousand dollars a year and also serves as clerk.
They have separate Human Resources and Finance directors.
A judge says he plans to rule next week ...on whether Al Tillman can remain in a Bibb County commission race.
After a hearing today....Clayton County Judge Stephen Boswell said he would hold the record open until Monday in the residency challenge.
Boswell asked that all attorneys submit their written proposals... Emails... and briefs to him by Monday.
Over the phone Boswell told 13WMAZ he hopes to rule Tuesday.
Macon council member Henry Gibson challenged whether Tillman actually lives in district 9.
When the county board of elections sided with Tillman...Gibson appeared to Superior Court.
An outside judge was brought in...to avoid any political conflicts of interest.
Lawyers for Gibson... the Board of Elections... and Tillman today presented statements to the judge.
The Board of Elections attorney William Noland argued that all of the evidence shows that Tillman moved to an apartment in District 9 with the intention of staying there.
Noland says Tillman signed a one-year lease.
Tllman's attorney Randall Harrison also said the candidate does indeed live in that apartment in District 9...and that his voter registration and car registration list that address.
Al Tillman: I think our community needs to say a prayer for Mr. Gibson and for my opponent Mr. Timley they wasted a lot of tax payer's time and money and I think this court saw today and will see very early next week that we are candidate and that they are trying to confuse this community on something that they clearly know that we have done legally >
Charles Cox... Henry Gibson's lawyer presented to the court that Tillman just placed a few items in the apartment to demonstrate residency.
He said that's not enough to make it legal.
Henry Gibson: We uh exhaust every means to prove that Mr. Tillman is not what he said he is, he is a manipulator, he's manipulating the law and you know whether or not the judge approve it I mean the law is there and it's very easy to manipulate the law when they are vague like that. >
Also in court... Bibb County Board of Election supervisor Jeanetta Watson... along with two members of Macon City Council.
Tillman's opponent James Timley and Henry Gibson sat in to watch the proceedings.
Again... Judge Boswell says he will hold the record open till Monday saying Gibson... Tillman... and Macon need a decision quickly.
Coming back from war is a challenge for men and women of the armed forces... But with community support, the difficult transition can be eased.
Anita Oh met with local veterans today, and tells us how those willing to give so much... are getting back.
For veterans, life after war can be...
62-year-old William Moultrie served as a Marine during the Vietnam War...
But after he got out... He found himself homeless ---- for 13 years.
<through the years, i've drifted from place to place in pursuit of establishing myself and finding something suitable and stable for me.>
Thanks to HUD-VASH, a program aimed at helping homeless veterans find housing, Moultrie is now off the streets -- and doing much better.
<sure he's doing better. He has 3 meals a day, or more. He has a warm bed to sleep in. He has access to medical care or other services that he may require at any time.>
On Friday, local veterans attended the second annual Stand Down event in downtown Macon.
Many organizations volunteered free services to help veterans get back on track.
<there are certain veterans that are not getting what they deserve and what they've earned -- and our country needs to really take serious, not just with lip service but with actions, say to veterans "we're here for you and we mean it">
<hundreds of veterans are checking out the services here. They're finding out more information on health care, legal help and even going back to school>
<do you want to go back to school?... "absolutely!">
But he says that wouldn't be possible... without events like this.
<it gives people a chance to get up off the street and get their life going back in order again>
In Macon, Anita Oh - 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
The standdown was sponsored by the Central Georgia Home Front....a coalition of community groups...veterans....active duty military...and their families.
Cupcakes... Sandwiches... and hot wings... I am not talking about my dream dinner... I'm talking about the taste of Milledgeville.
Downtown restaurants will offer samples of their dishes for a dollar per taste.
Austin Lewis has more on what you can taste in Milledgeville tonight... Austin?
For the second time in two years...one Houston County school won silver medal in the Georgia Shape Honor Roll program.
The awards are based on fitness assessments.
First graders are only measured by their height and weight.....but students at Perry Primary....are already training on different exercises.
From grades 4 through 12...students have to do push-ups, sit-ups and other activities.
Coach Anna Henry wants her kids to have a head start.
which is you know, riding our bike, or running around playing chase with our friends, even walking the dog. The kids start going oh well I do that. I'm like if we can do more of that, then we can be healthier. >
Linwood Elementary in Warner Robins also won silver.