Nabors to head road department

Howard Nabors

DeWitt Polous, left, and Howard Nabors await the hiring decision.

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 01:35 PM.

Franklin County commissioners last week quietly selected Howard Nabors to head the road department, and then loudly debated how much he and the other department heads ought to be paid.

In a 3-2 vote, with Commissioners Pinki Jackel and Williams Massey opposed, the commissioners on July 2 selected Nabors to replace Hubert Chipman, who retired earlier this year.

The vote came after commissioners held public interviews with Nabors and the other candidate for the job, DeWitt Polous, who heads mosquito control.

The motion for Nabors was made by Commissioner Noah Lockley and seconded by Commissioner Smokey Parrish, and quickly approved without discussion by the divided commission.

What followed turned out to be the most contentious aspect of the morning, as commissioners wrangled over how much to pay Nabors, and whether other department heads’ salaries, including those who have served in an interim capacity, ought to be bumped up.

Chair Cheryl Sanders opened the discussion by noting that when Fonda Davis was selected to replace Van Johnson as head of solid waste, his salary was moved up to $45,000. “Supervisors are on average $45,000,” she said. “Hubert (Chipman) was at $52,000.”

Jackel noted Davis received a $5,000 increase, which in the case of Nabors, would mean his pay would be bumped up from $37,200 to $42,200.

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