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A custodian position with Warren County government has attracted some interest, but the salary is expected to chase away some of the applicants.
Building and Grounds Committee members Carl E. Bouldin, chairman, Carolyn Miller, David Rhea, Kenny Roberts, and Michael Shane Wilcher met Tuesday night for a cursory review of the nine applications.
Bouldin says he asked county finance director Linda Hillis about salary and $8 an hour is the most that can be given.
 “It will be a full-time job, 40 hours a week, no overtime, and we are going to pay them $8 an hour,” he said. “We have that much money in the budget and that’s all we can pay. We can’t pay them any more. Next year, with the new budget, they will get the same raise every county employee gets.”
Hours are Monday thru Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. If the individual wants one hour for lunch, they will be allowed to work until 2:30 p.m. each day. Necessitating the need to come in early is to clean all the bathrooms and courtrooms before court begins at 9 a.m.
Some of the individuals were overly qualified in areas other than custodial work, leading some committee members to wonder if they would accept $8 an hour.
“This guy right here has four years of post-high school education,” said Wilcher. “I also saw one had an associate’s degree. Do they know the salary? It’s almost a waste of time to bring some of them in and then you drop the $8 on them.”
Bouldin stated, “I will be upfront with them about it. According to Linda, that’s all we can pay. I wish we could pay them $12 or $15 an hour, but we can’t.”
Names of the applicants are usually not given during these discussions. However, one was an exception to the rule. Commissioner Michael Martin applied and committee members wanted to know if he is eligible to work for the county and if that employment would create a conflict.
“I checked that out,” said Bouldin. “Yes, he is eligible. According to TCA codes, there would be stuff he can’t vote on as a commissioner, but they said he could work for the county as a custodian.”
Martin, if given the position, could elect to recuse himself from any discussion and/ or vote that would be considered a conflict. However, elected officials are allowed to use their discretion. If Martin wanted to exercise his right as an elected official to enter into a discussion/ vote on a measure, he would have to disclose the conflict during the discussion or prior to the vote.
The committee will meet again next week to rate the applicants and narrow the nine received down to four or five and those will be invited for an interview.