consultants are sandburs

Monday, September 14, 2015

Latest from Morehead Kentucky's version of Dogpatch's Marryin' Sam.

My son, Nathan, and I, we like our paychecks.
We will not intervene but still salve our consciences.
That Nathan. Don't he ever look bright?
The apple fell very close to the tree, eh what?

Strib/AP, source of the image, reporting here. Captioning added, not in original.

The mystery to the outcome? It is in the photo. Is the deputy to the left of Clerk Davis (on the right in the photo) making a gang sign, or is it Illuminati stuff, imaging the eye atop the pyramid? Did THEY have a hand in the dispute, itself, or in the outcome?

If you like nepotism, you'll love Morehead? Wikipedia, here, notes:

Deputy clerk

From 1991 to 2015, Davis served as chief deputy clerk of Rowan County, reporting to her mother, Rowan County Clerk Jean W. Bailey. Kentucky law permits elected county officials to employ their family members and to determine their compensation.

In 2011, county residents complained about Davis' compensation: an annual wage of $51,812 and an additional $11,301 in overtime and other compensation during 2011. While deputy clerk, Davis earned more than other chief deputies in the county: Chief Deputy Sheriff Joe Cline received $38,000 annually and Deputy Judge-Executive Jerry Alderman $36,000 annually; neither position receives overtime pay. After the County Fiscal Court reviewed the compensation of clerks in the office a vote was taken with the result being a unanimous decision to cut the County Clerk's office budget for salary by one-third for 2012.

2014 election

After her mother announced she would not run for re-election in 2014, Davis filed as a Democratic candidate for county clerk. At a candidates' forum, Davis stated she felt she was best qualified for the position because of her 26 years of experience in the clerk's office.

Davis won the Democratic primary, advancing to the general election against Republican John Cox. Although Cox made complaints of nepotism during the campaign, Davis prevailed in the general election. After winning the race, Davis told the Morehead News, "My words can never express the appreciation but I promise to each and every one that I will be the very best working clerk that I can be and will be a good steward of their tax dollars and follow the statutes of this office to the letter."

Davis took the oath of office as Rowan County clerk on January 5, 2015, beginning a four-year term slated to end on January 7, 2019. As clerk, Davis receives an annual salary of $80,000.

[footnote linking omitted] At a guess, would you suppose son Nathan is pulling in something in the $40,000 to $60,000 range of public money as his annual salary? Plus overtime? Did Kim's 24-hour-per-day jailing incur overtime pay? Where do you suppose the two of them got their degrees? Morehead HS? Less, or more? Parentage being the key Morehead required job qualification; or is it mere kinship, but with parentage being a stronger indicia of suitability and likely public-paid Morehead job hunting success?

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