Critic of raises should check facts first

To the editor:

It’s somewhat surprising to me that Mike Flynn was so totally confused about the county employee raises, especially after he cited the fact he used to be HR director in Shelby County. I would have thought it would have occurred to him to check his facts first.

But since he obviously didn’t check it out, here are the actual facts: Our employees did not receive raises in 2010, 2011 or 2015. In 2012, they received an extra $500 that was paid between July and December. In 2013 and 2014, they got 2 percent.

Once again, in 2015, he is sort of confused by the facts. The county pays every two weeks. About every seven years, there is an extra pay period because of the way the dates fall on the calendar. They were paid at their same rate, and this was not a raise.

This brings up another point. Recently, Flynn wrote a lengthy letter concerning the fairgrounds project. I haven’t had time to check some of the “facts” he brought up there on costs but imagine his accuracy level on that was at the same caliber of his county employee letter.

After being involved with Hancock County government for 25 years, I can tell you we are truly fortunate to have many of the hardworking people we have in our employment. The goal of the council is to keep these employees on the payroll doing their jobs at a fair rate of pay.

 Bill Bolander

Hancock County Council president