By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners Court delayed a pay raise request from Sheriff Woody Wallace over a disagreement regarding the county’s pay schedule.
At the regular July 12 meeting, the court and Wallace could not come to terms over a request for a raise.
The request for Alyssa White was put in to match pay with another deputy. However, Commissioner Mike Loftin said that White’s salary was in line with a recent salary survey and was correct based on years of service.
Commissioner Steven Truss agreed, saying it was what was approved, and all department heads and elected officials were OK with the study.
However, Wallace asked commissioners how they can justify paying a female deputy less than what is paid to a man in the same position.
However, County Judge Doug Page the salary levels had nothing to do with gender, but with tenure; the higher pay rate for Glenn Rightmire was based on the salary level for those with 10 years of service, and White had only nine.
You all do what you want to do, but I’m telling you right now you cannot do this kind of stuff to the females of this county any longer,” Wallace said.
The county will meet with department heads and revisit the request at its next meeting.
In other business, the commission:
•approved an agreement with Trinity County school systems for purchasing ammunition for training;
•approved the purchase of a 2018 Chevrolet Express van for the Sheriff’s Office;
•approved the allocation of funds from the Texas Comptroller Unclaimed Property Capital Credits for Counties;
•named Nancy Shanafelt to the DETCOG board of directors.