A Victoria County official will receive a 10 percent raise this year, the largest of any public employee.
Judy McAdams, who holds an appointed position as county auditor, will be paid $96,540.
Over the past five years, her salary has increased more than $25,000.
Elected officials responsible for setting the county budget have spoken against McAdam’s most recent raise, which is almost $10,000.
County Judge Don Pozzi said he wanted it clear that the order setting her salary was not from the commissioners court, but from the district judges.
“It was not the salary we approved for the county auditor,” Pozzi said.
The county auditor is the chief financial officer of the county, responsible for auditing and reporting for the entire county government. McAdams did not return multiple messages seeking comment about the raise and whether her job requirements have changed over the past three years.
With the county funding an extra pay period, which amounts to a 3 percent raise for all employees, county workers were discouraged from requesting additional salary increases.
The order setting McAdam’s salary was filed in the district clerk’s office Aug. 25 after being signed by district judges Robert Cheshire, Skipper Koetter, Jack Marr and Stephen Williams.
McAdam’s pay raise is included in the budget.
Koetter said he was “sure” the commissioners court was unhappy with the auditor’s raise.
He said the goal was to bring McAdams into alignment with other similarly-sized counties.
In 2012, McAdams was the highest paid auditor for counties of its size, according to the Texas Association of Counties salary survey.
“Good ones (auditors) are hard to hire,” Koetter said. “You’ve got a lot of people who want the job because it seems, at first blush, a job anyone with a CPA background can do. We like to get them paid in compliance with similar size counties in the state.”
Koetter said McAdams had not threatened to resign, but “was implicit” in that she was aware of what other people, doing similar volumes of work, were being paid.
McAdams’ responsibilities haven’t changed, and the scope of her work remains the same, he said.
Commissioner Kevin Janak said the court’s hands are tied.
“It’s an order,” he said. “Legislators do that for a reason … what’s understandable is there’s a separation in county government, a whole new set of eyes.”
Commissioner Danny Garcia said he doesn’t think any public official should receive that large of a raise.
“That’s not to say I don’t think she’s doing a good job,” Garcia said. “I think she is doing a fantastic job.”
Sept. 21, 2014