CHIPLEY — It was a marathon Board of County Commissioners meeting Thursday as the commissioners discussed a wide variety of topics for more than four hours.
The board seemed to agree on very little, but they did vote unanimously to increase acting county administrator David Corbin’s pay by 15 percent, to be retroactive to his taking over as interim “point of contact” for the county commissioners.
“I was just thinking what a good job David has done, he has moved a lot of things forward in just a short time,” said Chairman Alan Bush. “I would like to see us compensate him.”
Corbin was chosen by the board last month to fill in as county administrator until a replacement for former administrator Steve Joyner is hired.
“This opens a can of worms,” Commissioner Todd Abbott said. “We have a lot of other employees in the county who have done and are doing the same thing, stepping up and filling in.”
Bush agreed, but pointed out that the county administrator answers to the board, and it is up to the board to take care of him. “Those other employees have supervisors, and I would hope their supervisors are doing them right,” Bush said. “But this job reports directly to us. We’re his supervisor and I think we should take care of him.”
Bush made the motion they increase Corbin’s pay by 15 percent and Commissioner Charles Brock seconded the motion for discussion.
“We’re starting a precedent here,” Commissioner Joel Pate warned.
“For the record, I have not asked for a pay increase,” Corbin said. “I am just happy to be able to do what I can for the employees.”
County Attorney Jeff Goodman advised the board that in Holmes County, the policy states that if an employee is working in a higher position than his own in a temporary capacity for more than 10 days, then the employee gets paid at that higher rate of pay.
“There’s nothing in our policies about that,” Commissioner Lynn Gothard said.
“That’s something we really should fix,” Bush added. The commissioners then voted unanimously to grant Corbin the temporary pay increase.
County Extension Director Julie Dillard presented Washington County’s new agricultural extension agent Mark Maudlin to the commissioners on Thursday. The salaries of extension office personnel are split between the state and the county, so Dillard submitted Maudlin’s employment to the board for approval.
“He’s an excellent candidate, and he already lives in Chipley,” Dillard said of Maudlin. “He used to be the Ag teacher at Graceville.”
Maudlin has a wealth of knowledge in animal science, agronomy, food and resource economics and agricultural education.
“Mr. Maudlin will make a great addition to the Washington County Extension Office,” Bush said.
The board members also voted to change the June meeting date to June 20 due to a conflict with The Florida Association of Counties’ 2013 Annual Conference and Educational Exposition in Tampa.
The board’s next workshop will be held on June 19.