Archive for March, 2010
Pulling back the curtain on salaries and benefits of public employees
The current city mayor, Mayor Wharton, is a great believer in transparency and when he was the county mayor, I found him to be so. Therefore click on any of the following to see city and sheriff department salaries and benefits. See 2009 city employees base salaries and cost of benefits, the 2009 city employees actual salaries and the 2009 sheriff department actual salaries.
A friend of mine said recently when I told him about my recent experience with lack of transparency in a local government agency “Where there’s obstruction there’s fear. Where there’s fear there’s uncertainty and ignorance. Where there’s uncertainty and ignorance there’s a bloody mess.”
I recently sent several open records requests to the Memphis City School system. Let me say that transparency in local government has improved significantly since the exit of Willie Herenton. Shelby County is the best, MLGW is next and the City of Memphis, since interim Mayor Lowery and (more…)