After reading the great article in the Saturday Republican written by Goldie Rapp about the courthouse workers just looking for a decent wage, I had to reflect back to the article I wrote in the Republican on Aug. 11, 2016, about the county board hiring an administrator. The fact we have 26 board members in a county of only 34,000 when Cook County has only 15 board members with a population of over 5,246,456 — my point was why hire an administrator when we have all those members to do the work.
At the August 2016 board meeting, they voted 15 to 8 to hire the administrator with the eight expressing that one of the issues that made them vote no was that they needed to address the wages of their county employees first. The answer that Keith Cain gave was that a good county administrator would be able to help find salary increases as well as find ways to make their jobs more efficient. I guess Mr. Cain’s assessment did not hold to be true.
The $65,000 or so administrator wage could have given courthouse employees a decent raise — not that measly 35-40 cents they were offered, and the 26 board members could have done the administrator’s job.
The courthouse employees have a very important job to do, and they are not being paid for all the responsibility they have. They handle many services such as taxes, legal proceedings, marriage licenses, overseeing elections and many more, so why not pay them accordingly? Again, just my opinion.