The Washington County Commission’s Budget Committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to raise the monthly pay of the County Commission chairman from $50 per month to $500 per month.
Chairman Greg Matherly, a lieutenant with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, has been taking paid vacation days off to perform his duties as chairman, and County Mayor Dan Eldridge said the increase is worth every penny considering what Matherly does.
Matherly has been getting paid by the county while getting paid by the county, though it is his call on how he uses his personal time.
Beginning this month, he will make a total of $875 each month while serving as chairman — $500 as chairman and $375 as a commissioner attending a monthly meeting. Commissioners are not compensated for attending committee meetings.
“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.”
The full commission will have to approve the move.”
“I think it’s something worthy of the commission’s approval,” said Budget Committee member Mitch Meredith.
Eldridge said he just learned what Matherly was doing, and Sheriff Ed Graybeal said he did not know about it until Wednesday’s meeting.
“I think the chairman is getting a raise — it’s not just me,” Matherly by telephone late Wednesday. “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.”
Matherly said he spends from 20 to 30 hours a month consulting with Eldridge on various matters within the scope of his duty as chairman.
“Chairing the meeting alone is a monthlong job,” he said. “I can’t work on the sheriff’s payroll and work as a commissioner.”