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1/8/07-Tyler

Commissioner Joann Fleming Updates Court On Proposed Incentive Pay Program

It's a program that would reward Smith County employees for their service with a bump to their salary, and it's one step closer to happening.  The incentive plan was delayed last year when questions came up about the constitutionality of the incentive pay program. The Attorney General's office ruled that it was okay.

"This just gets into the whole plan of bringing private sector vision to county government to make it more productive, to handle increasing costs, to spend tax payer dollars wisely and to do it in a way that yields the very best product at the very best price," said Precinct 1 Smith County Commissioner JoAnn Fleming.

Commissioner Fleming says a working group is going to put together a way that they can fund the incentive program county-wide to give other elected officials a way to get into the plan.   Commissioners also discussed Judge Baker's decision to close county offices to observe a day of mourning for former President Gerald Ford's death.

Commissioners Fleming and JoAnn Hampton said they wanted to make sure Judge Baker's decision stood legally, since he made the decision to close county offices without the commissioners. The county's attorney said according to state law, Judge Baker did have the authority to make that decision alone.

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.  ortega@kltv.com

 

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