County commissioners voted 5-0 to increase Doug Derrer's
salary to $158,757 from $130,000, or about a 22 percent increase.
will also receive a higher yearly auto allowance of $7,211, up from $6,000.
When Derrer was hired as county manager in 2009, his contract specified that the county would undertake a wage and salary survey.
Commissioner Todd Levent noted that Derrer had more years of government experience, at 20, than the average of other county managers included in the survey, which was 13.7.
Chairman Brian Tam said Derrer's performance on the job merited the increase.
Derrer, a Hall County government retiree, joined Forsyth as deputy county manager in January 2008.
Tam noted that Derrer
filled those roles during the gaps and made some "positive hires" to those positions.
accepted this position for much less than he
could make elsewhere and did it without a CFO or Deputy county manager.
I stay informed about the county's expenses, and this raise represents less than 2% of what he
has saved the county in many ways, which includes facilitating the exit of unproductive employees.
is a true public servant.
has a legally binding contract but relieved the County
of fulfilling that contract by giving up his
holidays, furloughs and raises just like everyone else.
As for my fellow taxpayers, Mr. Derrer
has more than made up for this raise and will continue to do so.
It cost the county millions to hire consultants to make up for the lack of knowledge of previous managers.
doesn't have to spend money on those services with Mr. Derrer's
As a former employee I think Mr. Derrer's
compensation is well deserved.
For the first time Forsyth County has a manager who is demanding some much needed accountability.
Unlike former managers, he
does not fraternize with departmental heads.
I think he
is doing an exceptional job and I am glad that he
did not fold when he
had to handle some tiresome personnel issues.
I, too, went without pay increases but was always glad to have a job.
Had Mr. Derrer
not been hired I strongly believe that there would have been more layoffs.
a raise - okay but lets be serious, Mr. Derrer
don't you think you might be showing your derriere in accepting this outrageous increase at a time when so many others are struggling???
a great county manager.
I've no doubt he's
entitled to a raise; maybe even a 22% raise.
It's obvious, based on the comments made, that they were not voting in their representative capacity as a commissioner of this county, but rather, on their personal opinions based upon their work with Mr. Derrer
He now earns substantially more than our sheriff, our clerk of court, our judges, & every other elected official in Forsyth County.
If they had been good guardians of our financial resources, they would've realized that this raise cost us more than the $28,000 increase in salary or $1211 increase in car allowance - it cost us efficiency in government and county employees' morale.
deserved it, earned it, needed it or not - NOW WAS NOT THE TIME.
Another issue I have, is why do we have a county manager that doesn't live in this county?
I believe our commissioners need to make it a requirement of employment that the county manager actually RESIDE in Forsyth County
How can a county manager have the best interests of the county he
manages at heart when he
doesn't even live there?
Finally, I have but one comment for Mr. Derrer
I do not know Mr. Derrer
personally, but have heard he
has done a great job.
I have also heard of others in the county that do a great job, but I don't see their jobs mentioned to give them a pay raise....Right now our county budget can not handle any increases.
I feel Mr. Derrer
should graciously thank the commissioners, but for the good of the county and the other employees, should decline the pay raise and increase in auto expense.....Of course this is only my opinion, but as a hard working tax payer, that would be the right thing to do.
Believe it or not, most first responders enjoy helping the citizens of the county and are held to standards that even Mr. Derrer
is unaware of, or held to himself.
Regardless of his
actions during his
time as County Manager, this is an unacceptable show of cronyism by the commissioners.
I think someone needs to take a good hard look at the inactions of Mr. Derrer
while in that same office.
Flat out unacceptable.
However turning around and giving the realized savings to Mr. Derrer
in the form of a salary increase does not save ME money.
Nor will Mr. Derrer
himself, a resident of Hall County.
I wish all "retirees" could be as fortunate as Mr. Derrer
If you fault Mr. Derrer
for not living in the county then you have to consider a huge number of other county servants as well.
I know of one department with 30+/- employees and 50% live outside of the county.
I am sure that there are more than enough taxpaying Forsyth County residents who have long been unemployed from the private sector, with no benefits, retirement, etc. that would be glad to have those positions with compensation and benefits.
Please give this team a chance to get rid of the dead weight and waste that seems to always be part of government.
If no one has any problem with the compensation range for the 2 director positions posted on Forsyth County's
website then Mr. Derrer's
salary shouldn't be an issue.