Jackson County Workers Get Pay Raises

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Fran Bates and her co-worker Jeanette Williams are a dynamic duo, cleaning every Jackson County office. The two admit they wouldn't mind seeing more zeros added to their pay checks for all their hard work.

"It is nice to have a little extra money in your pocket instead of living from payday to payday," Jackson County worker Fran Bates said.

In October, more than 600 Jackson County workers will get a salary boost. Board of Supervisors' President John McKay said the county will divide about $1 million among 16 county departments.

"Everybody gets the same amount of money, $2,000 across the board to every employee. Last year, I think we gave a two percent increase and this one is above that," Jackson County Board President John McKay said.

With the price of gas, food, and clothing escalating, the board believes it's only fair that everyone gets an equal pay hike.

"If we want to continue to give significant pay raises, these people will migrate to the private industries."

"This is the second year in a row I have gotten a raise, and the highest raise we have gotten in four or five years," county worker Kelly Samples said.

Maintenance Supervisor Kelly Samples says the extra cash will give him extra wiggle room in his very tight budget.

"It feels great to get a raise and to be appreciated for your work."

Supervisor McKay said elected officials will not get a $2,000 pay raise only county employees.