Board’s less-than-$1,000 budget sparks Civil Service funding discussion10:31 am | February 5, 2013
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.
“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.