County Employees Need A Bonus Too

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
A few weeks ago we learned that Sheriff Jim Hammond was asking for a second raise. Earlier this year Hamilton County employees were notified that "due to COVID-19" there would be no raises for employees of any kind this year.
 
I guess Mr. Hammond didnt get that memo about no raises. Why is it that some employees will be getting a raise and others are not? That doesn't really seem fair to all of us who have come in on our days off, volunteered to work extra hours on our days off and put ourselves In harm's way for the good of the county.
 
This is a slap in the face to all of the Hamilton County employees who have and continue to serve on the front lines and are exposed to people with COVID-19 on a daily basis.
 
I now see where  the city of Chattanooga is proposing to use COVID-19 funds to give their employees a bonus. Please do the right thing, Mr. Coppinger, and consider this type of thing for your hard-working employees who continue to put themselves and their families at risk on a daily basis.
 
A thank you email is nice but does very little in reality. 
 
David Green

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