Lamar officials get pay boost

January 11, 2012 12:29:00 PM



PURVIS -- Two key Lamar County administrators received significant raises this year, thanks to provisions provide by state statute. 


The Hattiesburg American reports the wage increases for one was because of the county's population growth, the other because of professional degrees and titles his predecessor didn't have. 


A notification of pay scale changes for the sheriff and tax assessor/collector appeared as an agenda item at the Board of Supervisors' first meeting of year. Because the salaries/raises were based on state law, no action was required by the supervisors. 


Sheriff Danny Rigel, who was sworn in for a third term earlier this month, will see his annual pay increase from $82,000 to $88,000. 


Tax Assessor/Collector Jack Smith will see his compensation increase from $86,500 to $94,000, a boost of $7,500. 


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