Tax payers pay Judge Jackson to coach
Taxpayer's Watchdog Group, Inc.
September 9, 2005
TAXPAYER’S PAY FOR JUDGE JACKSON TO
The TWG has
brought it to your attention, and to the Commissioner’s attention,
for several years now that Ken Jackson is double-dipping. He
is getting paid for time he doesn’t work and isn’t even in the
office (and many times not even in the county.) Ken Jackson
obviously likes sports. For the past 2 years he has coached JV
Basketball during “regular office hours.” This year, Ken Jackson is
coaching a school JV Softball team. He conducts practice
daily from 2:15pm to 4:00pm. (Judge Jackson is paid by the
taxpayers to be in his office daily from 8AM to 4:30PM.)
3:00pm on 9/7/05
Ken also attends
the softball games since he’s the coach. You can find him in Macon,
Eatonton, Sandersville, or wherever the game is being played. Coach
Jackson also attends the Varsity Softball games and is Assistant
Coach for that team. The first game of the season was August 9th
and Coach Jackson showed up in Macon by 4:00pm.
The taxpayers of
Jasper County are paying Ken Jackson to be Magistrate Judge while
he’s out coaching. In fact, he probably spends more time coaching
or attending games than he does in his office. If he’s not coaching
he’s usually in Putnam, Morgan, Baldwin, or one of the surrounding
counties making money “on the side.”
The TWG has asked
the BOC for the past 2 years to cut Mr. Jackson’s wages since he
works very little for the taxpayers of the County. We are again
asking the BOC to cut Mr. Jackson’s wages, let him be paid only for
the hours he works, and save the taxpayers money. We are tired of
Mr. Jackson being able to work out of the county on a regular basis
and then spend his afternoons coaching while the people of Jasper
County work to pay their property taxes, which in turn pays Mr.
Jackson over $60,000 a year.
We urge you to
call your Commissioner and let him know everyone needs to give a
day’s work for a day’s pay—in Mr. Jackson’s case an hour’s work for
an hour’s pay.