Alcorn County constables ask for PERS support

By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Alcorn County Board of Supervisors will take into consideration a request from the constablesfor the county to be responsible for the employer’s share of contributions to the Public Employees Retirement System effective Oct. 1.

Constable Chuck Hinds made the request at the Monday regular meeting on behalf of himself and Constable Roger Voyles.

A new law that takes effect Oct. 1 allows the county board to make regular payments to PERS on behalf of the constables beginning Jan. 1, based on the constables’ net fee income. Hinds said constables currently pay 24.75 percent of their salary to

PERS, but the new law allows the county to pay 15.75 percent of that.

Board President Lowell Hinton suggested constables might expand their duties to assist with collecting justice court fines owed to the county, currently about $450,000, as a way to support that expenditure.

Both Hinds and Voyles said they would be comfortable with that, and the issue is expected to be discussed during the budget process.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com