AUGUSTA,Ga (WJBF) Some city leaders say there’s no need to even talk about it.
“When you run for office hoping to be elected because you’re looking for a pay check you’re doing because you’re a public servant,” says Commissioner Bill Lockett.
Marion Williams was appointed ex-officio member to the Planning Commission in January of last year and says he should be paid the same 150 dollars a month the same as the other appointed members to that board.
“I don’t know anyone of my colleagues that actually get paid to serve I’m on the CVB Board I’m on the pension board I’m on the CVB finance board I think it falls under our civic duties,” says Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.
Except the planning commission actually has a track record of paying the commissions ex-officio member it happen prior to 2011 after that the department reorganized and the practice stopped.
“If Mister Williams deserves compensation he should be given it he should be treated the way everybody else has been treated,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Grady Smith.
“The discussion still has to be had I wasn’t here when they were paid I want to understand why they were paid then and if there are any repercussions on the back end if we did approve,” says Commissioner Sean Frantom.
Williams tells NewsChannel six that since he hasn’t been paid he stopped going to the planning meetings.
“I think if it was me I never would have said that because it appears because the only reason he wanted to be on there was for a paycheck so he saw he wasn’t getting a pay check so he stopped going,” said Commissioner Lockett.
Williams was away at a funeral and missed the meeting a motion by Commissioner Ben Hasan to approve paying him went nowhere so commissioners voted to take the item up again at their meeting in two weeks to allow Williams to make his pitch for the pay.