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County administrator to get raise, will forego his plans for retirement

By Walter Geiger Current budget plans call for county administrator Bob Zellner to get a sizable raise in 2018 and forestall his plans to retire at the end of the year. ’Bob started with us in 2011 at a ridiculous salary because we were desperate after the tornado. He has had some raises but is still below the average or median salary for a county administrator in similar counties,’ commission chairman Charles Glass reported. Zellner currently makes $75,000. Spalding, a much larger county, pays $127,500, Pike $95,000 and Butts $92,500. Data for Upson County was unavailable. ’We decided to boost him to $90,000 which will start on Jan. 1, 2018. It is a 14% increase. We are plugging it into the budget for 2018. We already had a two percent increase in for everybody. The state is planning a two percent increase for elected officials, too,’ Glass said. The commission will hold a public hearing on the budget Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. The budget is also on the agenda for the regular commission meeting set for Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

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