by TiredofExcusesToday
Aug 25, 2009 | 1523 views | 2 2 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The commissioners have decided to lower the Assistant District Attorneys salary from the former amount paid to the Assistant DA, well that’s great as now the District Attorney has filed a lawsuit to change the salary back. Do the commissioners in Gilmer ever think before they do? Now whatever the outcome, thousands will be spent in resolving this situation. And guess what, we the taxpayers will all pay for this stupidity. For the DA, don’t you really have something better to do like drug cases, etc., instead of spending your time on this? I personally don’t agree with what the commissioners have done. But, everyone is making great headlines in the newspapers and on t.v. in getting their names out, but many people think this is all pretty stupid.

Why don’t the commissioners lower their salaries and lead by example, as we are clearly not getting anything of value from their work? They are costing the taxpayers money and our area is in a recession with the rest of the Country.

The County Judge, Dean Fowler, is getting paid much more than the Assistant District Attorney and his position does not require that a law degree, so I find it interesting that a person working in a position requiring a law degree, an Assistant District Attorney, would get paid much less than the "County Judge." The County Judge in Gilmer could be "Bubba" if he would run and become elected. Why doesn’t Gilmer equate the job responsibilities, educational requirements, etc. with pay?

Come on Commissioners, start thinking instead of constantly being the laughing stock in the press and to the DA please try to focus on more important matters. People can all accept what the position pays or resign from the position and go somewhere else to work. That is what everyone else in a non-elected position would do. Resolve issues, save the taxpayers money, and keep your names out of the headlines, as when you are in the headlines it is usually not good.

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Calvin Monasco
April 18, 2010

Upshur County Bad to the Bone

on the Gilmer Mirror Blog.

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August 31, 2009
In this weeks paper, Fowler thinks that $74K is too much for an assistant district attorney.... Well I would like to know what the worth of a County Judge Dean Fowler is since he approved a couple of thousand dollars worth of payments to Attorney Robert Bennett...TWICE. His excuse was he trust people.... Fowler, in his position, should be keeping files and records on these matters. He is suppose to be a responsible person in a responsible position. By these actions and others he is clearly asleep on the job. Yes, what I would call KICKBACKS for Bennett referring business to Fowler was deemed ok by the legal system, yet in private business it is considered illegal or not of ethical and moral character, he scaped past justice here. Fowler still should be removed from his position and or his salary cut drastically. If you had to go before Fowler do you really think you would get an honest's doubtful. He protects his interest only. I hear Fowler makes about the same amount of money as the proposed salary for the assistant district attorney, plus health care benefits. If anyone’s salary should be cut it is Folwer's for being such a screw up. Like other comments have said, "Why is an Attorney playing County Judge when the County Judge position does not require a law degree or a degree in particular." I seem to remember a number of people in the County Judges position whom just had high school education. Is a law degree worth the same value of what a high school education was a few years back? Make your think doesn't it...... Anyway, cut Fowlers salary to about 25K-30K a year and we’ll see if he’s responsible enough to earn that much money. He’s clearly riding the back of the County on what he is getting paid now.