The Orange Leader
The Board of District Judges stand by their decision to give County Auditor Mary Johnson a 10% raise.
A public hearing originally scheduled to be held in the 260th jury room was moved to the 128th courtroom. There were over 40 people in attendance of the hearing including Commissioners John Banken and Jody Crump.
Johnson was asked to submit her request for a 10% increase in compensation before citizens could comment.
Johnson started with a description of what exactly a county auditor is responsible for, a position created in Texas in 1905 to address the needs of checks and balances for county government to ensure no one branch of government would be without accountability in complying with the State’s statutes.
A county auditor position requires more than just preparing and administering accounting records for all county funds but also treasury, budget officer, investment officer, payroll, human resources, purchasing agent and is charged with strictly enforcing laws governing county finances.