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The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – Ellis County Commissioners voted themselves and the rest of the county’s elected officials a four percent pay raise Monday, launching a fury of criticism by residents in the audience.

Commissioners Bill Dodson, R-Ennis, Heath Sims, R-Waxahachie and Ron Brown, R-Red Oak, voted for the 4 percent hike, which is the second pay raise for elected officials in two years; last year, commissioners enacted a $10,000 pay raise.

Commissioner Dennis Rob-inson, R-Palmer and battling a re-election campaign this fall, was the lone dissenting vote.

Before the pay raise vote was taken, which came towards the end of the meeting of a four-page agenda that saw the rescinding of a contract with CareFlite, Bristol resident Roy Calender Sr. said he would sue Dodson, who has served in the southeast precinct since 2004, for any damages his vehicle sustains due to bad road conditions.

"It’s not funny anymore," Calender Sr. said.

When asked what residents should do about the pay raise, one of Dodson’s constituents replied, "we should hang ‘em."

Constitution Party of Ellis County organizer Bill Horning said if bound by constitutional limits, pay raises wouldn’t be needed.

After the pay raise, elected officials’ 4 percent salary hike, county commissioners will make an annual salary of more than $80,000.

County Judge Chad Adams, with the 4 percent increase and last year’s $10,000 pay raise, will make a six-figure income, according to the latest statistics available from the county budget.

The new sheriff (Republican Johnny Brown faces write-in Susan Welch-Rodriguez in November) will make $83,062.72, thanks to the pay raise.

County Treasurer Judy Burden would see a salary increase of close to $75,000 under the new pay scale.

The pay raise only applies to elected officials.


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