Liberty County Commissioners Agenda, June 7, 2010"DISTRICT ATTY’S OFFICE - ANNE STREIT, JOE WARREN, RAGIS FONTENOT, MICHAEL MARK - INCREASE IN STATE LONGEVITY PAY."
In a time when Liberty County revenues are down and the people of Liberty County are suffering the most, high paid county employees ask for a pay increase.
Liberty County DA, Mike Little and the people who work for him are some of the highest paid Liberty County employees. In contrast, the Liberty County Attorney's office are some of the lowest paid professionals in Liberty County. What makes Mike Little and his employees so special that they are immune from pay cuts and financial belt tightening?
Attorneys are typically more fruitful in private practice than government practice and usually gravitate to county jobs because they are fresh out of law school and inexperienced. These people are making a career out of working for the DA's office, not using it as the customary lower paid stepping stone to better private practice money.
With all the allegations of corruption in the Liberty County DA's office leveled against Mike Little and his people, why should these people be rewarded?
Allegedly, the DA's office has had a blank check because of the threat of prosecution of other county workers and political enemies. Effectively, the massive flow of money into the DA's office is more extortion and hush money than anything.
Commissioners should strongly consider cutting back the great amount of money which flows into the Liberty County DA's office. The commissioners and the people of Liberty County need to send Mike Little and his employees a strong message that there are no blank checks for the DA's office and their corruption will not be rewarded.
We will report the commissioner's actions regarding this issue.