Conroe, June 13 – The “Solid Gold 50” salaries, the highest fifty (50) non-law enforcement, non-elected salary holders in the Montgomery County government, unmask the primary explosive spending problem: salary inflation. As the Commissioners Court passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget on September 5, 2018, Precinct 3 Montgomerty County Commissioner James Noack asked the wrong question, obviously unrehearsed, to County Budget Director Amanda Carter.
Noack had hoped to brag that the County government compared favorably to “our peers,” with Noack referring to other elite government leaders rather than the citizens or private businesses. Carter, however, answered Noack’s question truthfully and disclosed that the County government spends 57.4% of its total budget on salaries!
The Solid Gold 50 salaries explain some of the salary inflation. Clearly, the most political County employees garner the biggest salaries. In comparison to similar jobs in the private sector, the reality is that these individuals would likely never earn comparable salaries in comparable jobs in the private sector. Pandey is the only employee among the entire group whose salary the Commissioners Court doesn’t set. C
Clearly, it’s the Commissioners Court, which has pushed explosive salary increases as a pretext to raise their own salaries with across-the-board payment increases.
For example, #1, Jerrilyn Williams, the County government’s head library bureaucrat receives $142,676 per year in salary alone (without the lucrative County government benefits). In comparison, senior library managers, with more than 15 years of experience, receive an average of $65,000 per year in the Greater Houston Area. Senior Library Managers who run the technical libraries for the petroleum industry sector receive an average of $55,000 per year in the Greater Houston Area, accord to Indeed.com.
The County government over pays Williams, the head library bureaucrat, 220% of the salary she would merit. Unfortunately, Montgomery County’s library system seems more a library system stuck in the 1970s rather than providing the digital needs of 2019.
Sadly, County taxpayers suffer from both inflated County government salaries and substantial over-hiring of employees.
The 2019 “Solid Gold 50” follows.
THE “SOLID GOLD 50”: HIGHEST PAID COUNTY GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES (NON-LAW ENFORCEMENT, NON-ELECTED)