Buckingham Supervisors Raise Their Own Pay

Published 1:23 am Thursday, June 11, 2015

BUCKINGHAM — County supervisors in Buckingham voted unanimously Monday night to increase their annual salaries by $2,000, or 50 percent, effective January 1.

The action will bring each supervisor’s salary from $4,000 to $6,000. The chairman of the board makes an additional $500.

The motion to increase their salaries was made by District Five Supervisor Cassandra Stish, who is not seeking re-election in November.

According to County Administrator Rebecca S. Carter, the only time that supervisors can vote to raise their salaries is the year prior to an election year.

“This year is the opportunity to consider this matter,” she told the board Monday night.

“I averaged out the counties that have a population between 10,000 and 20,000 residents…Buckingham’s listed population is 17,152,” Carter said in a memo to supervisors.

She said that the average resulted in about $5,900 to $6,000 for board members, and the chairman’s salary averaged about $500 more than the board members’.

Carter recommended the board discuss the matter “and definitely consider increasing the salary.”

District Two Supervisor Donnie Bryan said he

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has been to meetings where area supervisors asked about his salary as a supervisor. “It comes up in conversations…,” he said.

“I’ll settle for nothing,” said District Three Supervisor E.A. “Bill” Talbert, who is not returning to the board next year.

“I think it’s a good idea myself…,” District Seven Supervisor and Board Chairman Danny Allen said.

Following the meeting, District Six Supervisor Joe N. Chambers Jr. said he thought the increase was fair in light of supervisors’ salaries in surrounding counties.

The last time supervisors in Buckingham changed their salaries was 16 years ago, said Carter. The annual pay then went from $3,000 to $4,000, allowing an extra $500 for the board chairman.

In Cumberland County, supervisors make $6,000 annually, while the board chairman makes $7,200, according to County Administrator and Attorney Vivian Giles. In Prince Edward County, supervisors make $9,639 per year, while the board chairman makes $10,924.