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September 15, 2013

Commissioners reinstate pay

ORANGE — Orange County Commissioners Court violated the law Monday when they passed the motion to eliminate the District Court Judges and District Attorney’s  $15,000 supplemental pay compensation from the county.

“It is a daisy chain law,” Assistant County Attorney Douglas E. Manning said Friday during a Special Call Meeting. “You cannot reduce the county salary because the state change compensation.”

Commissioner Pct. 4 Jody Crump said he was in error because he was unaware that all the salaries for the District Judges, County Court at Law Judges and the District Attorneys were all tied together.

Manning said that due to the action being a violation of the law, it had to be placed on the agenda to have affirmative action to ‘unwind the action’.

The court reinstated the $15,000 supplement for the District Attorney and the District Judges which will lead to an increase for the County Court at Law salaries. Stature that requires the County Court at Law Judges receive pay compensation equal to $1,000 below the District Judges.

The County Court at Law Judges salaries will need to be republished due to increasing.

Lieutenant Tom Ray of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office asked the court to reconsider the sheriff’s salary at this time.

“Each year you don’t address it,” Ray said. “It will grow. Admit we made a mistake with the sheriff, address it and put it to bed.”

The court was unable to discuss the sheriff’s salary as the item was not on the agenda. The Texas Open Meeting Act does not allow the court to discuss items not on the agenda.

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