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Sunday, December 30, 2018

State Still Lags In Paying Share Of DA Salary

Potter County Commissioners continue to await payment from the state for its share of District Attorney Andy Watson’s salary. Act 57 of 2005 obligates the state to pay the 65 percent of a full-time DA’s salary, which will increase to $182,184 in 2019. By law, the District Attorney’s salary is $1,000 less than the salary of a county’s President Judge.

When those payments lag, the county covers the entire cost, a situation that does not sit well with commissioners across the state. According to a spokesman for the Office of Attorney General, the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account does not have enough funds to reimburse the full amount. As the funds continue to accumulate in the account, the state will make a partial payment for the overdue 2018 reimbursement.

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

Wow!That is quite a salary for a Potter County D.A. Does he do enough work for the people in this county to deserve this money? Just wondering.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I agree, potter county? In potter the rich get richer, especially when taxpayers pay that bill!

Anonymous said...

That totally insane not worth half as much

Anonymous said...

If you read the article, the taxpayers don't "pay the bill". It clearly states that "the state pays 65 percent of a DA's full-time salary". He doesn't set his own salary. And by the way, ALL counties across the state are in the same situation, not just Potter. Seems like the state should be handling this in a different way.

Anonymous said...

Andy Watson doesn't do enough to earn that kind of money!

Anonymous said...

The state ought to let each county decide what the DA salary is instead of dictating it to the county and then not even paying the state's share of it.

Anonymous said...

If he is a full timer, then why does he have an assistant that does a lot of the work. But their hands are tied, when they want to do their job, that the DA didn't want to do.

Anonymous said...

Don't you love the comment that "tax payers don't pay the bill." Where does this person think the State gets the money to pay a DA??? Santa Claus!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't think he is overpaid. Like it or not folks a lawyer in the private sector around Potter County bills at more than $100 an hour, sometimes a lot more. Multiply that times 40 hours of a week and multiply that times 52 weeks in a year. Just like medical professionals they argue that they need to bill so high because they are paying off their college loans. But funny how they don't bring their rates down to a more reasonable (i.e., less greedy) level when their college loans are paid off.

Anonymous said...

Not overpaid? It was HIS choice to be in this position, he could have been in private practice all the time, not part time like he works now. Could have been the glory of seeing his name politically that drives him? Poor guy, I'm sure he can manage the hours spent at his job for what his pay is. I also agree with post 10.15, yes we pay him in one way or another. He doesn't deed any sympathy for what he earns, how crazy to say otherwise. We all faced student loans and taxpayers didn't help us!

Anonymous said...

You people are all crazy! He spent 7 years of his life in college/law school. Worked several years as a part time DA and now spends his days protecting YOU. And yes, IT IS HIS CHOICE to do this job for all you thankless ingrates! How about instead of sitting on your couch typing on a computer, that most likely the TAXPAYERS purchased for you, go out and try to do something productive with YOUR life! If the upstanding citizens of this county would stop driving while intoxicated, doing drugs, beating and neglecting their children, raping and killing others, maybe there would be no need to pay someone this much money. Until that happens, I'm glad there is someone willing to deal with this garbage every day. I surely wouldn't want to

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with 3:12. Keep up the good work Andy.

Anonymous said...

Post 3.12, aw you must have had your violin out. That poor andy! I bought my own computer, thank you, I pay taxes,have an education, payed off my own student loans and don't ask anyone for anything, not even your court system. I think we all should be vigilant. Being a figure head doesn't make anyone any BETTER than anyone else. The rest of us don't want or need this recognition you are referring to, we just like to feel equal without the so called fame, grow up, must be you are in politics too. Sorry about that!

Anonymous said...

its called greedy all of you. ask god

Jaughn Eggandflour said...

If the DA doesn’t do anything... doesn’t that mean the crime rate is low? How about some thankfulness for that!!!