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DeKalb gives raises to select few

July 29, 2010

Some DeKalb elected officials gave staff raises  | ajc.com.

What really sucks about this is that a few days after this story was reported, a DeKalb officer is shot, luckily not killed, working for a pittance. If this isn’t a slap in the face, I don’t know what is. And it is bad in so many ways. The CEO decided to change job descriptions to get raises for his favored few.

Records obtained by the AJC also show that Ellis changes the scope of work for several of his employees, including promoting one woman from a housing project manager to deputy chief of staff – a job that carried a $31,000 raise.

A back door raise if you may. I will change your duties, and that will get you the raise that you want. Way to go Mista CEO.

But what about Commish Stokes, who wanted to Rep the 4th district. Here is her explanation;

Stokes said she tried to abide by that policy, but when her staff heard about the CEO’s raises, she had to give in. Stokes staff began complaining after the AJC reported that former chief communications officer Shelia Edwards’ salary went from $125,000 to $138,000. Edwards resigned Monday because of other reasons.

However, the records show she also gave two of her staff members raises, including a communications manager and camera-operator for the county’s TV station.

“I thought it was not fair to them when I heard everyone else had gotten increases,” Stokes said Tuesday. “I can’t say the policy is out the window because I don’t run the county, but I understand how it may look.”

Stokes, chairwoman of the commission’s budget committee, gave one of her two assistants, Tonza Clark, a $15,300 raise last week. She argued that her staff was paid way less than other commissioners’ assistants.

However, records show that Clark’s salary was similar to other commission staff.

You didn’t try very hard did you? So you helped pass a resolution that says no raises, for anyone, then you slide a couple of your people some extra cash. And your excuse is that others were doing it also. By that logic, it is OK for me lie, cheat and steal. After all there are plenty of people doing that in the very government that is suppose to work for us not against us. It is hard for me to believe that they thought this would fly. Ms Stokes and her cohorts must have a very low opinion of the residents of DeKalb, and the officers that protect the county. The problem with Ms Stoke and most of the DeKalb leadership is that they have no integrity. This was done without regard as to how it looked or how it affected others on the county payroll. It was selfish and all involved should be made to pay.


see the video of Stokes trying to slither her way out of this stupid decision.

  1. August 5, 2010 at 3:35 am

    We are asking all our supporters to attend C.E.O. Burrell Ellis’ “Focus DeKalb” being held Monday August 9, 2010 at 6:30 PM at Georgia Perimeter College, Dunwoody.

    Our concerns are: At a time when all DeKalb County employees, especially Public Safety, in particular the police department, have lost all merit pay increases, do not receive a cost of living increase, lost the payment of unused sick leave, lost all holiday pay, are being forced to work holidays with no pay (at 10% reduction in pay, and a 30% reduction in pay in November), why is Mr. Ellis and all county commissioners, including their staff, who are county employees, receiving holiday pay? Why did Mr. Ellis and other commissioners believe their staff deserved pay raises as much a 34%, or $10,000.00 per year, when public safety pay is being reduced?

    Thank you for your continued support!

  1. July 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm
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