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December 24, 2013

Interim court-at-law judge refuses extra $23K

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RUSK —

As county attorney, Peacock received $116,872, which includes a $46,872 salary plus a state of Texas annual salary supplement of $70,000, according to Crockett. Minus the aforementioned $23,568, she will be paid $152,784 annually as county court-at-law judge, the county auditor said.

Precinct 3 Cherokee County Commissioner Katherine W. Pinotti concurred that the commissioners court had already been pondering lowering that additional $23,568 anyway to bring the county court at law position more in line with state standards.

"We talked about it during budget season last year because the the county court-at-law judge's salary has to be $1,000 less than that of district judge's, and the district judges just received a raise," Pinotti said. "That extra money is becoming unnecessary to subsidize the county court-at-law's salary to do the work out at Rusk State Hospital."

Peacock said her salary is currently $900 less than district court judges.

Precinct 2 Cherokee County Commissioner Steven Norton said he wasn't entirely sure of the details yet, but changing the supplement amount was also his understanding of the situation.

"Yes, as far as I know there is going to be a change in the money," he said.

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