Judicial pay raises not justified
January 23, 2014 12:18 AM | 17965 views | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print

While many of the sitting Cobb Superior Court judges are my friends and people with whom I am personally and amicably acquainted, I do not think another 3 percent pay raise is necessary — or justified.

State Sen. Steve Thompson, one of the very few Democrats for whom I have even the semblance of respect, cites as one of the factors for which he supports the raise that any competent attorney can make much more than the current judges’ salaries. I am fairly certain that competent attorneys earning vastly greater sums in partnerships or private practice couldn’t care less about the monetary aspect of a Superior Court judgeship. It’s the respect, honor and prestige commanded by the title “judge” that they seek.

Add to this the fact that judges’ salaries are a matter of public record, and one could (and should) fall back on the old saw that “You knew how much it paid when you ran for it!”

While I may alienate some of my judicial friends and acquaintances by voicing my humble opinion, I say “thumbs down” on yet another pay raise!

Scott Chadwick

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Cobb Taxpayer
January 23, 2014
Scott has nailed this one ! I think the salary should be "locked" at what it was when they ran for court the first time ! Plenty of worthy attorney's in Cobb who make less and work more !
January 23, 2014
Couldn't agree more. Wonder how many will quit if they don't get the raise? I'm guessing none.
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