The Crossville city council approved a $5,000 per year raise for the position of city judge that will go into effect when the next city judge is appointed following the election of two new council members.
With the raise, the part time judge position now pays $20,000 per year. Councilman Jesse Kerley proposed the raise saying that it had been discussed several months back and pointing out any raise must be approved before the election.
Crossville city council during their September 16 called meeting
Kerley moved to raise the judge's salary from $15,000 to $20,000. The action will require a budget amendment of $2,500 for the last half of the fiscal year. Councilwoman Pamala Harris supported the motion.
Mayor James Mayberry asked about the number of times court meets per year and interim police chief Mark Rosser said 23 and that court met every other week. According to Rosser, night court is more popular then the day court and that night court runs between 2 and 3 hours while the day court runs an hour of slightly more. Mayberry estimated the cost was around $800 per court session of between an hour to about 3 hours.
Ms. Harris asked about preparation time and chief Rosser said in addition to time before court there was paper work to be done after court.
The council's roll call vote approved the motion with council members members Kerley, Harris and Danny Wyatt in favor. Mayor Mayberry and councilman Pete Souza voted against the raise.
The judge position is currently held by Ivy Gardner who was appointed in January 2015 following the retirement of Judge Tom Bean who held the position for many years.
Video of the discussion of city judge raise action