Quorum Court Scrutinizes Judge’s Spending
Posted: August 18, 2013 at 5 a.m.
The Washington County Quorum Court took a harder line this month about spending taxpayer dollars entrusted to County Judge Marilyn Edwards.
At A Glance
Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards’ staff made these spending requests of the Quorum Court this year.
John Luther, director of the Department of Emergency Management, received approval to spend $10,000 for a hazard mitigation plan required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Ron Wood, buildings and grounds supervisor, received approval to buy a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup for $25,165.
Sophia Stephenson, environmental affairs and recycling director, received approval to pay $39,600 for a federally mandated study of rural stormwater features, such as drains, outside city limits.
Wood requested $93,520 for three requests including $64,693 for an air handling unit at the courthouse, $19,452 for a metal canopy between the courthouse and parking deck and $9,375 for fencing at the county animal shelter. The air unit was approved.
Dan Short, Edward’s chief of staff, requested three employee positions totalling $69,406 for this year and $180,436 annually. The request was voted down.
Juliet Richey, county planning director, received approval to spend $93,960 to replace a database no longer supported by software vendors.
Source: Staff report
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