November 23, 2006
Investigation--Jasper County Magistrate
Ken Jackson, Jasper County “Fulltime” Magistrate
The I-Team with Channel 5, Fox 5 Atlanta, www.myfoxatlanta.com,
has started running teasers for the latest I-Team Investigation.
The Taxpayer's Watchdog Group, Inc. has complained to the
Commissioners of Jasper County for the past 3 years about
the Magistrate's outrageous salary. A salary he gets while
being out of the office the majority of the time.
The Commissioners have done nothing but said, "We don't
like it, but we can't do anything." We say, follow
the law! Make him verify his hours to be paid. The
I-Team has dug deep into Georgia law to find the true intent
of the magistrate judge law in question.
The Judge says TWG has no credibility. He also asked the
Atlanta Journal earlier in the year, "What do "they"
want me to do, stare at the walls?" Well, yes! If someone
is getting paid for 40 hours, we'd like to see them work
40 hours. For 2007, Judge Jackson's salary is scheduled
to be $72,500+. Plus his health insurance, retirement, and
extra pay for Juvenile work.
Tune in to Channel 5, Fox Atlanta, Monday 11/27/06 and Tuesday
11/28/06 at 6:00PM or 10:00PM news. You can see what the
I-Team found out and see if you think the the Judge is earning
his pay--taxpayer's money.
these links for past stories on Magistrate Judge:
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