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Should the Washington County Commission's chairman be paid $500 a month?

Staff Report • May 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM

The chairman of the Washington County Commission could soon be paid $450 more a month for presiding over the board’s meetings. Greg Matherly, who is a lieutenant in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, currently receives an extra $50 a month to act as chairman. That’s in addition to the $375 a month paid to each member of the County Commission.

Matherly was elected by his colleagues to serve as chairman of the board last year when County Mayor Dan Eldridge decided to step down from that role. Eldridge, who has since worked closely with Matherly on county business, told Press staff writer Gary B. Gray he believes Matherly deserves a pay hike.

“I had a meeting with the chairman and spent about three hours going over a lot of stuff,” Eldridge said. “It came to me that he was taking vacation to deal with his duties as Washington County Commission chairman. I felt like $50 a month was not sufficient.”

Members of the County Commission’s Budget Committee feel the same way. Earlier this month, they voted to raise the pay for chairman to $500 a month. Commissioners will consider that proposal when they meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the second floor courtroom of the Washington County Courthouse.

Matherly told the Press that the pay hike is reasonable given the many hours the chairman is required to devote to the position.

“I think the chairman is getting a raise — it’s not just me,” Matherly said. “Whoever it may be, it’s a tough job and very time consuming. I also try to attend as many committee meetings as I can. I appreciate the mayor bringing it up.”

Should Greg Matherly be paid $500 a month to chair the Washington County Commission?

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