Magistrate Carl Dickerson wasted no time yesterday morning to let the court know where he stood on the recent rehiring of former Barren County Jailer Matt Mutter. Mutter retired as Jailer earlier this year and was recently rehired at the Detention Center. Dickerson questioned current Jailer Tracy Bellamy about the timing of the rehire, whether or not anyone else was interested in the position and if they were considered and he also questioned the money that Mutter was being paid. Dickerson said that on top of the retirement he is drawing:
Magistrate Charles Allen followed up Dickerson’s remarks with his own, which were in favor of the rehire. When it comes to the money, the Detention Center is responsible for Mutter’s salary, they do not pay health insurance and other benefits.
Bellamy said that it is hard to compete with Mutter if you’re making hiring decisions based on skills and experience:
The court also approved a first reading of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which comes in at 2.5% higher than last year.
After a lengthy discussion, the court also passed a first reading of an ordinance that would give each county employee a paid vacation day on their birthday. Joann London said you have to be able to offer incentives to your employees if you want to keep them. London says they are the backbone of the county: