County prosecutor knew what the job paid when she ran for it
Memo to Pamela Hancock: When you ran for Madison County prosecutor you knew what the job paid. When attorney Pamela Hancock ran for county prosecutor and was subsequently elected, the position paid $92,000 per year. It was just a month later, at her request, when Madison County supervisors gave Hancock a $28,500 salary increase. County supervisors approved the huge increase because it “may” be allowed by state law. There is a big difference between “may” and must. She now has an annual salary of $120,500 versus the $92,000 earned by her predecessor and what the salary was when Hancock sought the position. Hancock even had the nerve to request supervisors pay her the higher salary for the previous month. Small consolation to Madison County taxpayers that the supervisors voted not approve the retroactive increase. However, the story doesn’t end here. To earn the $120,500 annual salary the county prosecutor should be a full-time position. A story last month by Clarion.Ledger reporter Sarah Fowler pointed out Hancock has continued to practice law with her firm, Hancock and Associates. Despite continuing her private practice Hancock maintains she is a full-time county prosecutor. The whole situation should really be disgusting to Madison County taxpayers, but the bottom line is clear: Hancock sought political office for a job paying $92,000 per year and that’s what she should be paid. Pay increases for elected officials are often the right thing to do, but they shouldn’t apply until the next term of office, not just 30 days after they assume office. Some Madison County residents look down their nose at the City of Jackson when it comes to crime and other issues. It should be noted that most of the people in Madison County would not have jobs if Jackson were not the State Capital of Mississippi. Also, when it comes to engineers and lawyers who are paid by taxpayers and do work for Madison County, and for some current and past county supervisors, Madison County looks like a circus. Maybe Madison County’s march towards becoming a banana republic would be enhanced if Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes would move to Madison County.
Clarion-Ledger’s “Public Office/Private Gain”
What an embarrassment
For the second Sunday in a row, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger continued its extensive series on the campaign funds of state public officials. This is the first paragraph of last Sunday’s front page story:
“Mississippi lawmakers spend campaign donations on dry cleaning, clothes, groceries, trips to Alaska, California, Colorado and Florida and on children’s parties, taxes, car insurance, apartments and payments to their own companies.” Per my headline above, “What an embarrassment.” In a future post I will have some additional commentary on this issue. As I have said on the home page of the WeidieReport, too many public officials are motivated by self-service rather than public service. The investigative series by The Clarion.Ledger certainly proves this point.