The Jefferson County Quorum Court on Monday approved a request from Circuit Clerk Lafayette Woods Sr. to increase the salaries of his employees. With no dissent, the county’s legislative body approved an appropriation ordinance providing salary increases ranging from $12,000 to $101.
To maintain the same total amount set out in his 2017 budget for salaries, Woods proposed to eliminate two payroll slots, one of those from county general and the other from the recorder’s cost fund.
Also approved was a $5,000 addition to the 2017 budget for the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office to replace funds that were pulled from the budget in 2015 during the county’s budget crisis and were not restored. Coroner Chad Kelley said in a letter to County Judge Henry “Hank” Wilkins IV that he had discussed the matter with former legislative assistant Daniel Marks, who was replaced at the beginning of the year. He said Marks told him the money could be put back in the office budget after the first of the year.
The Quorum Court also approved transferring $8,000 from one line item in the coroner’s office budget to another to purchase supplies for the office. Other appropriation ordinances approved Monday included:$15,432 from the county general fund to the road department, with the funds coming from an insurance reimbursement.The transfer of funds from the sheriff’s office health insurance matching fund that were not needed to line items for computer services, other sundry insurance and electric bills.$8,500 from the County Clerk’s Cost Fund to County General and then to the Count Clerk’s Office.