Geneva County Sheriff Salary

Sheriff Greg Ward asked the Geneva County Commission to look at the salary structure across the board.

Since taking office in 1996, Sheriff Ward says he's been making $45,000 a year.

However during these twelve-years, everything from insurance to food costs has skyrocketed.

Sheriff Ward asked the county commission to go with the state legislature's plan to set a minimum salary schedule for constitutional officeholders.

The county commission promised Sheriff Ward that it'll look at the benefits and possible drawbacks of going with the state's salary plan.


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  • by tricia Location: geneva on May 30, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    I think if Ward wants a pay raise, he should get a part time job like the rest of us would have to do. Sure things are going up in the economy, we all feel that. Maybe he should try and cut back on things he could do without . I have no complaints with Ward but he took that job knowing the salary he would receive. If it is not enough pay he should get out of office and let someone who would work for 45,000 a year take over.
  • by Leah Location: Malvern on May 28, 2008 at 09:10 PM
    I think Ward should get the commissioner's salary as a bonus and fire and/or remove that Everett Commissioner from office. He aint' worth a Darn, rude as ever, and doesn't do his job half the time. I've had to call the Judge in Geneva to get anything done that the commissioner under him should have done. Ward has always paid attention to the crime on the streets and works 24/7 even off duty - he is made available. I wish Houston County paid such attention and worked as hard for such a low salary! All Houston County has in it is a bunch of money grabbing hypocrits that disobey the law ALL the time! GO WARD! GO HAMMIC!
  • by Bill Location: Samson on May 28, 2008 at 04:28 PM
    I agree with johm from hartford also!! Way to go john speak the truth, set them in place!!!!
  • by happy in Geneva Location: Geneva on May 28, 2008 at 07:01 AM
    It's hard on everybody right now, but our sheriff puts his life on the line on a daily basis and he deserves a higher wage. I own a small business in Geneva and it's tough as can be right now but I thoroughly believe it will get better and I will hang in there til it does. Greg Ward is a credit to our county and I support him 100% and I don't even know him that well. John, you can compare situations all day long but that county worker or that school teacher or small business owner or single parent is not taking a chance with their life on a daily basis. I hope he gets a big raise, he more than deserves it.
  • by Steve Location: Geneva on May 28, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    I agree with John from Hartford. I feel that with the higher gas prices and inflation, that out governments should step in and give us all a raise. It is the governments that take advantage of their own people. Ward should get a raise along with everybody else.
  • by Wondering Location: Hartford on May 28, 2008 at 06:07 AM
    I understand what he is saying. But he needs to be happy he has a job. I agree with what john said. About the teachers. And the firemen. They realy put thier lifes on the line and don't even get paid for it. Mr Ward has done a good job for all of us. But we need to take care of the families that can't feed thier childred.
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2008 at 05:55 AM
    In most cases,the Government Employee will make more money over all. After all other benefits are figured in such as sick leave (paid of course) Vacation Leave (Paid of Course) Family Health Insurance (Mostly Paid if the Agency is Large Enough and has a Big Tax Base to obtain funds from). But still the Little working guy is left standing alone while all the Good Paying Jobs are being sent over seas so American Companies and stock holders can profit. Just ask your self,,what can you buy today that is Made in America or has the Union Label?
  • by No Name Location: Hartford on May 28, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    I like Greg Ward dont get me wrong , things has gone up as the other person stated here comes the BUT,,, you all are driving new dodge chargers and your gas is free!!!! so why complain about getting more money, you should have to pay for gas!!!! I know these cars get used to take kids to school and personal reason, so why complain, look at us regular people that are paying 3.89 a gallon for gas , WE NEED THE PAY RAISE
  • by john Location: hartford on May 27, 2008 at 07:08 PM
    $45,000 a year I agree is too little for anyone associated in law enforcement. I also agree that costs of almost everything has risen greatly since 1996. Now here comes the but, what about these families living on minimum wage, disability, social security, teachers that are underpaid, firefighters ems who volunteer for free in the county, the small business owner who is being squeezed out of business by higher cost, the single parent with children and only one income, the county worker who probably has not gotten a decent raise since 1996. Let's hear about these peoples situations and compare them to the sheriff and see who has it worse.
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