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Who makes what? County salaries listed

The Herald-Gazette periodically looks into and reports on salaries paid local officials and top managers. With recent concerns over Lamar County’s budget shortfall, those salary amounts ‘“ who makes what ‘“ have been on the minds of taxpayers. What follows is the first in a series of reports on those salaries. It should be noted that those at the Lamar County commission, Board of Education, City of Barnesville, Milner and Industrial Development Authority have been fully cooperative in our efforts to research this material. LAMAR COUNTY Commission chairman Jay Matthews, $6,426.96, travel $2,400; Commissioners George Brown and Bennie Horton Jr., $5,855.64, travel $1,200; Commissioner Jimmy Hearn, $5,485.08, travel $1,200; Commissioner Nancy Thrash $4,285.08, travel $1,200; (Commissioners’ salaries are impacted by longevity.) County administrator Wayne Patterson, $78,795; Commission office manager Gretchen Ellerby, $40,000; position vacant; Sheriff Larry Waller, $68,683.80, set by Georgia; Maj. Brad White, Capt. Carole Sutton and Capt. Todd Pippin, $41,999.88 each; Clerk of superior court Frank Abbott, $84,384.96, set by Georgia; Assistant clerk William Hewitt, $29,889.60; Chief Magistrate Judge William Thomas, $52,674.00, set by Georgia; Assistant Magistrate Judge Karen Jackson, $7,470.72 par t time; Tax commissioner Andrea Anthony, $54,702.96, set by Georgia; Probate Judge Kathy Martin, $68,893.80, set by Georgia; Tax assessor Jeannie Haddock, $52,000; Deputy tax assessor Holly Patel, $2-7,818.40; Recreation director Buddy Lanier, $43,999.80; Assistant recreation director Henry Murphy, $28,080; Fire chief Steve Andrews, $9,665.52 part time; Assistant fire chief Mary Duffee, $1,861.80 part time; Senior center director Marcia JohnstonClark, $28,559.96; EMA director Billy Campbell, $12,240 part time; Building technical director James W. Morgan III, $27,996.80. Building and zoning administrator Danny Gunter, $40,800.50. Elections supervisor Anita Reid, $28,845.70. Public works director Bill Brown, $3-7,699; position vacant, cut from budget.

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