Wyrick to Villines: Give up the bonus | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wyrick to Villines: Give up the bonus

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 5:29 PM

I'm surprised it took Republican Phil Wyrick, a candidate for county judge, a full day to get this news release out. He'd look a little braver and a little less opportunistic if he'd declared HE'd veto a bonus for ALL county employees, rather than just calling on Judge Buddy Villlines not to accept his 3 percent bonus. But that might not be politically prudent.


Little Rock- The Pulaski County Quorum Court last night voted to give the county’s 1,200 full-time employees and elected officials a bonus equal to 3 percent of their annual salaries.

According to Pulaski County Comptroller Mike Hutchens, this bonus will cost the general fund between $775,000 and $800,000.

Judge Buddy Villines who receives $85,000 in salary would receive an estimated $2,550 in bonus.

Phil Wyrick, candidate for Pulaski County Judge, challenges Villines to not accept the bonus and return it to the general fund to be used to help fund more beds in the county jail.

Wyrick said, “ During this tough time in our economy we’re all sympathetic to the financial needs of our county employees and their families. However, I don’t believe now is the right time for Buddy Villines to take a $2550 bonus from the taxpayers. I believe that leadership is about leading by example, so I would refuse to take the bonus based on the current economic situation in both America and Pulaski County. I would like to challenge my opponent to refuse the bonus and use it to house more prisoners! “

Commenting on receiving the endorsement of the editorial page of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette Wyrick said “ I was both excited and honored to be endorsed by the Democrat Gazette. The Democrat Gazette’s endorsement mentioned several of the reasons that I’m running for Pulaski County Judge. My candidacy is receiving this and other endorsements because of my stand on keeping criminals off the streets by having the jail running at full strength, protecting our drinking water in Lake Maumelle and restoring honest and integrity to county government.”

16 Years is enough!

It’s time for Change!!!!!

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