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One of Ron Woody’s first actions as county executive was cutting the salaries of Howie Rose and Scott Stout by 9 percent.
Now Woody wants to change what has been done.
He’s submitted a resolution for the Jan. 10 commission meeting that asks for Rose and Stout, who work in the county’s Office of Emergency Services, to be returned to their previous pay grades.
The resolution said the two men have worked diligently.
“I’ve been satisfied with the progress we’ve made there,” Woody said Friday. “We’ve still got some other things to do, but I’ve worked with them. We’ve got them in a little bit different direction from where they were at, giving them a little bit more focus, setting some goals and objectives for them.”
During the campaign for county executive, Woody criticized that department for purchasing $150 sunglasses.
“You got a neighbor that’s unemployed, under employed or concerned about losing a job, and then you’ve got the government spending money on unnecessary items,” Woody said in July.
Woody has also noted texting charges from an underling in that office that had resulted in monthly county cell phone bills from that individual in the $600-range.
Woody vowed to make some changes to the department if he got elected.
Shortly after being sworn in on Sept. 1, Woody announced that director Rose and assistant director Stout would each have a 9-percent pay reduction.
He also announced that he was bringing in Jack Jinks, a former captain with the Knoxville Police Department, to give the Office of Emergency Services some direction and leadership.
Woody was later made aware of a state law governing emergency management agencies.
The law states that the director’s annual salary shall be fixed by the governing body of the county.
That forced Woody to take the matter before the county commission.
The pay reductions were approved by an 8-7 vote during a commission meeting in October.
“They’ve changed their mode of operation a little bit, and that’s what we were pleased with, and that’s what we were trying to get accomplished,” Woody said Friday.