February 5th , 2013 10:31 am Leave a comment

Board’s less-than-$1,000 budget sparks Civil Service funding discussion

By

In case anyone on Carter County’s Law Enforcement Committee was nodding off during Monday night’s meeting, John Snyder, who serves on the county’s Civil Service Board, had a few select words that may have jolted them awake.

Photo by Danny DavisSheriff Chris Mathes explains the role of the Sheriff’s Department in assisting the county’s Civil Service Board during Monday night’s Law Enforcement Committee meeting. All of the personnel files that the Civil Service Board collects are secured by Mathes’ department.

Photo by Danny Davis
Sheriff Chris Mathes explains the role of the Sheriff’s Department in assisting the county’s Civil Service Board during Monday night’s Law Enforcement Committee meeting. All of the personnel files that the Civil Service Board collects are secured by Mathes’ department.

“The rules and laws we go by, we don’t abide by all of them,” Snyder said.

According to Sheriff Chris Mathes, however, Snyder chose his words poorly.

“Mr. Snyder may have misspoke a little bit about civil service,” Mathes said. “Not so much that they’re doing anything wrong. They would just like to do a better job.”

Snyder admitted as much after the meeting had adjourned.

“Everything we’re doing, we’re doing it legally,” Snyder said. “But we don’t have the money to fund it to do everything we need to do.”

The Civil Service Board has an annual budget of $950, which is used strictly to pay Snyder and his two colleagues’ salaries. Because of this low payout, Snyder said that the Civil Service Board is incapable of functioning at its full potential.

Snyder said that he and his co-workers have repeatedly paid out-of-pocket for rudimentary things such as office supplies and pay-per-copy machines.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

share Facebook Twitter

Switch to our mobile site