Lincoln Juror Pay Raise Thwarted

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.

Lincoln Parish Library 2015 amended, 2016 proposed budgets
Lincoln Parish Police Jury 2015 amended, 2016 proposed budgets

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6 Responses to “Lincoln Juror Pay Raise Thwarted”

  1. Vee Says:

    So happy to hear there are some jurors who are there to do their job of serving the public.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Jackson parish is voting Monday to change the Juror pay. They voted back in the summer to reduce the pay to $600.00 witch would not go into affect till the new Jury starts in January. Funny that they can vote to increase there pay effective immediately , but cant decrease it. Don’t make sense. Only 2 days after election they won’t more pay. What a selfish world we live in. They should try living on what the employees make. We need Godly servants not selfish narcissist.

    • Bob Sherunkel Says:

      They voted back in the summer to reduce the pay to $600.00 witch (WHICH) would not go into affect (EFFECT) till the new Jury starts in January. Funny that (DELETE) they can (CHOOSE TO) vote to increase there (THEIR) pay effective immediately , but cant (CAN’T) decrease it. Don’t (DOESN’T) make sense. Only 2 days after (THE) election they won’t (WANT) more pay. What a selfish world we live in. (GRAMMAR-Ending a sentence in a preposition) They should try living on what the employees make. We need Godly servants not selfish narcissist. (NARCISSISTS)

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Did any of jurors who voted for it mention that while they were campaigning? That would’ve been a big deciding factor, I bet. They usually mention things they want to get done but won’t tell citizens that will be their first action. I don’t trust anyone in political office whether it’s local, state, or federal level

  4. Vee Says:

    If we had term limitations for jurors, we would not hear such whining as we heard from Backus and Henderson. Backus: “It’s been over sixteen years since there’s been an adjustment.”
    Henderson: “Sixteen years without an increase, that’s not fair.”
    Why did they even run for the position more than once? Why run even once if they want more money? Citizens resent more and more taxes to increase elected representatives salaries merely because they choose to enjoy the position .

  5. Sickandtiredofit Says:

    Do the jurors have health insurance,if so who pays for it.

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