A proposal to hike the monthly pay for Lincoln Parish Police Jurors (LPPJ) from $875 to $1,200 was voted down at last night’s meeting after an earnest discussion of what other parishes pay, and just what the concept of public service really meant.
The vote was 6 – 4.
Moving for the raise was Joe Henderson (District 9), with Jody Backus (District 7) seconding.
Voting for were:
Hazel Hunter (District 2)
Jody Backus (District 7)
Joe Henderson (District 9)
Sharyon Mayfield (District 11)
Voting no were:
Theresa Wyatt (District 1)
Bobby Bennett (District 3)
Randy Roberson (District 4)
Walter Pullen (District 6)
Skip Russell (District 8)
Heather Walker (District 12)
Absent were David Hammons (District 5), and Nancy Wilson (District 10)
Jury President Hazel Hunter began the discussion by presenting a list of more than a dozen parishes that pay jurors from $900 to $1,600 monthly. Statutorily, $1,600 is the maximum.
See here the list.
However, missing from the list were two neighboring parishes, Union and Claiborne, that pay jurors $600/month.
The discussion continued for about 25 minutes, with everyone having a say. Among the more pertinent comments:
Backus: “It’s been over sixteen years since there’s been an adjustment.”
Henderson: “Sixteen years without an increase, that’s not fair.”
Pullen: “That’s not what we got into this for, and everybody knew what the pay was when they ran.”
Walker: “If you wanted someone more qualified (to run for juror), they wouldn’t care about the money. It’s not about the money.”
Bennett: “There’s a hospital board over there that doesn’t get a dime. The library board doesn’t get a dime. They serve for nothing.”
In other business the Finance Committee, and in turn the full Jury voted unanimously to adopt amended 2015 and proposed 2016 budgets.