JPPJ Employee $2/hr Raise Fails on 3-3 Tie Vote

A $2/hr across the board raise for hourly employees of the Jackson Parish Police Jury (JPPJ) failed on a 3 to 3 tie vote at tonight’s meeting of the body.

Making the motion for the $2/hr amount was Ward Five’s Maxie Monroe, with Ward Four’s Billy Bryant seconding the motion. In addition to those two, Ward Two’s Eddie Langston voted for the motion.

Voting no were Todd Culpepper (Ward One), Chuck Garrett (Ward Six), and Lynn Treadway (Ward Seven).

Amy McGee (Ward Three) abstained.

Moments earlier, Garrett moved for a $1/hr raise, but no second was forthcoming.

Treadway said that the timing was not right for the raise, and that it should be discussed when budgets are worked up each year.

Monroe replied that she had tried to bring up the issue last year at budget time, but got little support.

Garrett noted that he had received numerous phone calls on the issue. “I never got so many phone calls,” he said.

McGee said that the raises should be based on merit, instead of across the board. As she was new on the jury, she didn’t know the employees well enough to cast an informed vote, she said.

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25 Responses to “JPPJ Employee $2/hr Raise Fails on 3-3 Tie Vote”

  1. Oldman Says:

    Thank you Chuck Garrett,Todd Culpepper,Lynn Treadway and Ms Amy McGee. Thank you for listening to the people. The other three jury men need to be replaced at the next election with someone who is better in touch with the taxpayers. Boy what a little power does to people,they think they can get away with anything. Voters wake up before it’s too late.

    • Oldermann Says:

      Some people in government at all levels have mistaken their Oath of Office for a coronation. We need to rectify this.

    • Anonymous Says:

      I’ll bet you a dollar to a dime that within a few weeks there will be people (the same ones that complain about the road tax an employee raise) on this site furious about their roads not being paved or jury employees doing sub par work. Everyone wants the final result but not put in the necessary steps to get there.

      • Oldman Says:

        There will be more money for roads if the raise for labor does not go thru.any way most parish roads are overlayed by contractors. This raise is nothing but a power play by some jury men. Two or three police jurymen try to run the parish by their way,it’s all about money and power.
        By the way my road has not been replaced in at least 20 to 25 years.I have not complained because there are other roads that need work more than mine. There is more than enough money if only it was spent wisely and on time and not all on salarys. Just look at all the fringe benefits that are payed in full by the jury,nobody else pays like that. Put the money were it belongs,on the upkeep of the parish.

        • sunrisesunset Says:

          Preach on, Oldman. There appears to be 3 selfish jurors that voted on the pay-raise and 4 with common sense. As I have said before, most of the jury members actually have other full time jobs that they get the majority of their pay from. A police juror is a PART-TIME responsibility.

          But never fear, they will be at it again. Will they, or can they, try to sneak it past us?

          • Anonymous Says:

            Excuse me for interrupting your little celebration, but did you guys happen to notice that one of the “4 [jurors] with common sense” was not only a member of the Finance Committee, but actually made the motion to consider the pay raise in the first place? And then straight up voted against his own recommendation?

            • Oldman Says:

              Cold feet,didn’t have the guts to go thru with the raise. Goes to show you how sneaky and dishonest most of the them are. Two or three have good sense,the rest need to be replaced. When are they going to learn they work for the tax payer not the taxpayer working for them.

            • sunrisesunset Says:

              Certainly. He “chickened” out because of the furor of his parishioners. I think it is appropriately called “two-faced”.

          • Anonymous Says:

            sunrisesunset, did you think this pay raise was for the Police Jury members? Because it wasn’t. So, your statement about PJ members having full-time jobs in addition to their pay has nothing to do with the price of tea in China.

            However, it does raise an interesting question: What was the benefit to the Police Jury in granting a raise to their hourly employees? Discuss it amongst yourselves.

            • Anonymous Says:

              Replace “What was the benefit” with “What would have been the benefit…” I do realize the measure failed. Sorry for my faux pas.

            • sunrisesunset Says:

              Just like JPPJ to “sneak” a little something into their pockets while giving raises to hourly employees.

        • Anonymous Says:

          Hello, Oldman. I see that you are still one stupid cuss.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I bet you two old codgers sit on your front porch hoping someone walks through your grass or drives by with their confounded A-Track machine turned up too loud so y’all can yell at them an complain on the Internet. Here is my challenge to all the people of our great little town, If you want to make a real difference get up off your behinds an run for a jury seat or counsel position an show us how it’s done. If not then you are just like most everyone else in Jonesboro complain complain complain sit back an wait on someone else to try an fix it then complain some more cause you don’t agree with them either.

    • Oldman Says:

      Anonymous@8:00am, just what have you done? It seems like you are the one complaining about because we don’t go along with every tax that comes up. I’m sure their will be more running for office after all this,I’m also sure their will be new blood after the next election. You sound like maybe you are an elected official and don’t like people finding out the truth. So if it’s complaining I’m doing I will keep on complaining until more people know the truth. So little boy stick that in your pipe and smoke it,sonny boy.

    • sunrisesunset Says:

      Anonymous at 8:00 am, the operative word for yours truly is “old”. However, I like “elderly” better. So, I am too elderly to run for a position like juror or any other position for that matter. But, I have freedom of speech to rely on……just as you do, may I add. You must be one of the jurors that have your shorts or panties twisted because of the outcome. I do not agree with you, just as you do not agree with me. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Vote them all out, Everybody in office now just vote them OUT!!!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    It seems to me that decisions such as these should be based on objective data instead of emotion or opinion. What are other parishes similar to that of Jackson paying their employees? How do they compare with regard to training and education? A salary schedule is usually based on training and years of experience. Based on objective data, develop policies that allow for increases in the salary of the parish workers. The workers deserve to be paid reasonable wages and they deserve periodic increases. But these increases need to be based on some standard or criteria and not someone’s political position. What are the existing policies that determine salaries for these employees? My guess is that there are no policies. If so, this is part of the problem. There should be policies that determine the salaries and salary increases for these employees. It is neither fair to the employees or to the taxpayers if there are no objective criteria applied when determining salaries and salary increases.

    • Walter Abbott Says:

      We detailed the employee pay history last week.

      https://lincolnparishnewsonline.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/jppj-employee-pay-history-detailed/

      https://lincolnparishnewsonline.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/wages-rev.pdf

      • Anonymous Says:

        Thanks for providing the links to these documents. According to the memorandum, established policy guarantees the 2% annual increase in salary. Policy determines practice and not public opinion. If the people of the parish do not want to fund the salary increases, they should require that the policy be changed. However, until the policy is changed, the vote should not be one to permit the 2% increase in salary, but the vote should be to approve the funding for what has already been guaranteed through policy.

        A change in the policy should be informed by comparative data from other parishes. There should be studies on the policies and practices regarding employee salaries. The data in the links provide a good starting point, but information from other parishes is needed for comparative purposes. Thanks again for providing the information and the excellent reporting that you do.

      • Anonymous Says:

        What is the status of the case agains the employees of the Jackson Parish Hospital? When is the trial?

  5. sunrisesunset Says:

    After reading Walter’s link, I was amazed and amused to read where there are so many fringe benefits that the employee does not have to pay a penny into. Extremely fully funded and freely given in health benefits, retirement, etc. Fully funded, partially funded. How nice of them. That is the reason they do not NEED ANOTHER RAISE. Enjoy your already many perks and quit being so SELFISH, JPPJ.

    • Anonymous Says:

      How dare they offer health benefits an retirement!!!

      • Anonymous Says:

        They are not retired and are simply paying into a retirement fund for when they do retire. (answer to anonymouse 8:40).

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Its not over yet wait till tonight

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