Alcorn County board split on Alcorn E-911 raises

djournal-alcorn-countyBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Dispatchers in the Alcorn County E-911 office will receive raises effective Jan. 1, after supervisors voted Monday to approve them based on the department supervisor’s fiscal year budget request.

A divided board voted 3-2 for the raises after District 2 Supervisor Dal Nelms offered the motion, seconded by District 3 Supervisor Tim Mitchell, and with District 1 Supervisor Lowell Hinton, board president, casting the tie-breaking vote.

Voting against the motion were District 4 Supervisor Gary Ross and District 5 Supervisor Jimmy Tate Waldon.

Ross stressed that E-911 was not generating income from landline and cellphone fees to cover the department’s budget, and it already was operating at a deficit.

Waldon said the county should continue pursuing discussions with the other entities – including the cities of Corinth and Farmington – that rely on E-911 service to obtain cost-sharing for the E-911 budget.

However, Nelms noted that the budget problems for the department are not the fault of the employees who work there, and they should not be penalized.

Mitchell also said failure to approve the raises risks the loss of well-trained employees.

The budget submitted by supervisor Kim McCreless includes an overall 3 percent budget increase in the salary category for 10 dispatchers, a clerk and part-time or on-call dispatchers and herself as administrator.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com