The Times-Standard wrote an interesting piece about a week ago that focused mostly on the Supervisors and their marijuana ordinance.
THC was actually more interested in this little blurb that appeared at the end of the article:
Just great! For the record, this means that the guy cooking food for the jail inmates at the county jail is going to get 3 raises. That’s right. 3 raises to complement the $73k he already receives for slapping together trays of bread and water. Sheesh.
Remember when Rex Bohn put his foot down and said a raise for the Sheriff’s wasn’t going to happen on his watch? Thanks, Supervisors, for the “unanimous approval” of not one, not two, but three raises in a single year.
Don’t worry about that $1,000 lump payoff the County is giving the Deputy Sheriff’s, either. However, it is important to note that when you whore yourself out to a bully and end up getting f***ed, they are generally supposed to pay you lump sums of money, not the other way around.
Oh, and definitely don’t worry about when Bohn talks about how “To give raises right now with the way our economic picture looks would mean to cut services later” – the Sheriffs will need to throw the lack of sufficient services in taxpayers’ faces to increase their paychecks in the near future, and it certainly wouldn’t do for the general public to remember that the Sheriff’s Union took a raise at the expense of greater safety in Humboldt.
If you were to read the second Times-Standard article THC linked you to above, you may have noticed that the minimum salary for a Deputy Sheriff in Humboldt is the pitiably low $42,400. (Pitiable unless you’re the average household of 4 in Humboldt County – because then a single Sheriff’s deputy is pulling in more than your entire family.)
Of course, the whole $42,400 salary number is a bit misleading – because according to the State of California, that’s not at all what the average pay is for Humboldt’s Sheriffs.
Let’s also point out that Jamie Barney, the guy bemoaning how hard it is to get by on their meager salaries and pushing for all Deputy Sheriff’s to get more money, . That’s the same Jamie Barney who made $140,539.00 in 2014. And is now going to get 3 raises and a lump sum payout. Yikes.
Here’s a full list of all the Deputy Sheriffs in Humboldt and their pay, from 2014. Go ahead and look at that, and tell us how many full-time deputy sheriffs are making $42,400 compared to how many are pulling in $60,000 plus.
And here’s another from the State of California, without employee names.
So, ask yourself, who is the 1% here in Humboldt County? Any and all evidence that THC can turn up would suggest that a lot of them are the same people that are taking your tax dollars to increase their own personal wealth. And doing it at the expense of the County’s ability to provide the protection to its citizens that it claims to.