|County Commissioner Dan Sanchez,|
Working Up A Sweat Over Salary
Having current grand jury participants(citizens, voters, taxpayers) rule on raises for politicians, who knew the salary of their office before running, does not sit well with Sanchez.
Sanchez suggested in July that taxpayers should not be bothered to sit on the board that hears wage grievances by politicos who can't make ends meet. Sanchez wants his fellow politicians to make up the grievance board so that there could be more "collaboration." Lol! I told you Sanchez argument was thinly veiled.
We attended the September 27, 2013 hearing at which time Constable Abel Gomez asked for a raise of $7,314, Justice of the Peace Sally Gonzalez wanted a $9,152 increase and Sheriff Omar Lucio asked for $25,000 more. All requests were denied by the citizen board with a vote of 8-1 against.
|Sheriff Lucio and JP Gonzalez|
Before the Hearing
Sally Gonzalez, sitting directly behind us could be heard singing a Carly Simon song: "An-tic-a-pa-tion." Was she that confident?
Recently, the County Commissioners voted to continue the current arrangement of selecting a salary grievance board from grand jury members. Sanchez proposal to use politicians, seconded by County Commissioner Alex Dominguez, was rejected. Cameron County politicos, including Dan Sanchez, may simply have to tighten their belts.