Commissioner Boyd Says Magistrates Should Get Big Raise After Ruling They Cannot Continue Civil Practice

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Tim Boyd
Tim Boyd

County Commissioner Tim Boyd said county magistrates, who now make $65,000 per year, should get a big raise after they were informed they can no longer have a civil practice.

In the past, the magistrates have been told not to handle any criminal cases, but they are free to do civil matters. The state court system recently ruled that they are judges and cannot practice law on the side at all.

As a result, Commissioner Boyd said he has been comparing their pay to some in the county attorney's office who make $83,000 to $103,000. He said five court clerks make between $93,000 and $100,000.

Commissioner Boyd said, "They are on call 24/7. Their operation never shuts down."

The magistrates set bonds and sign warrants from a small office at the jail, where prisoners are booked.

He said higher pay would insure top-quality magistrates and also help the county avoid liability issues.

The plan is to raise two magistrates who come up for reappointment in May from $65,000 to $80,000 (if they are again chosen for the post).Adjustments would be made for the other magistrate spots as they come up for re-appointment. They are under one-year contracts.

Commissioner Jim Fields questioned the need for the move, noting that commission members have not been told that any magistrates plan to quit over the pay issue.

He said each time the job is advertised a number of candidates come forward.

Commissioner Graham said the magistrates already get pay increases when other county employees do. He said giving such a jump to one group of employees is unfair to others.

He suggested that the commission take a new look at the whole magistrate program. One idea, he said, is to have a single full-time chief magistrate who would utilize private attorneys to fill in when he or she is unable to cover.


Restaurants Of Yesteryear Featured In Chattanooga In Old Photos

Do you remember Roy Pepper's Porch, the Jolly Ox, Tomlinson's or George's Place? Those are some of the old-line Chattanooga restaurants featured in the upcoming book Chattanooga in Old Photos sponsored by The book, is being printed by College Press at Collegedale in a limited edition of 800 copies, includes some long forgotten eateries like the 4th Avenue ... (click for more)

Latest Bradley County Arrest Report

Click  here  for the latest Bradley County arrest report. (click for more)

Walker County Needs A Board Of Commissioners

On Nov. 6, voters in Walker County, Ga. will vote on a referendum to determine if the county will move to a five person board of commissioners or stay with a sole commissioner form of government. The referendum is the result of several years of debate and discussion within the county. In 2012,  Dr. Paul Shaw, in his attempt to unseat then-Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Coach Who Said ‘No’

I couldn’t tell you the first time I met John Gagliardi … 30 years ago? 40? … and I never saw him nearly enough. He was a Division III football coach at some monastery of a place in Minnesota and that’s a long way from the Southeastern Conference. Our orbits rarely overlapped but somewhere down the line we were at the same table for dinner. Once that happened, it seemed like the ... (click for more)

Vols Take First SEC Win Of The Season On The Road At #21 Auburn

Tennessee outscored No. 21/21 Auburn 17-7 in the final two quarters of Saturday's game to earn its first road and SEC win of the season at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "We beat a really good football team today," head coach Jeremy Pruitt said. "It's like I told them in there, if we learn to execute and raise our level of fight, we've got a chance to have a really good football ... (click for more)

Mocs Take Road Win At Western Carolina, 26-6

The Chattanooga Mocs shut down Western Carolina’s vibrant offensive attack in a 26-6 triumph in Whitmire Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Catamounts had not scored less than 28 points in a game all season. The Mocs had not allowed more than 24 in regulation. Something had to give. It was not the UTC defense as it held its hosts nearly 30 points (29.8) below their season average. ... (click for more)