Granger declines Police Jury pay raise

One Vermilion Parish Police Juror decided not to take a $400 pay raise that the Police Jury voted to give itself two months ago.

With the raise, a juror went from making $1,200 a month to $1,600 a month, which is the maximum a police juror can make in Louisiana. The president of the police jury, Gerald Butaud, is now making an extra $400 a month for being the president, plus the additional $400 a month raise.

Butaud now earns $2,000 a month as president of the jury. He went from making $14,400 a year to $24,000 a year.

Nathan Granger, in his first term as a juror from the district north of Erath, was one of six jurors to vote against the jurors’ raise.

However, he is the only one out of the 14 not to take the pay raise. A motion had to be made at the Finance Committee meeting last week that stated Granger declined the pay raise.

“When I was elected, I was elected at a certain salary,” Granger said after Monday night’s Police Jury meeting.

Thirteen police jurors are now paid $19,200 a month, while Granger will receive $14,400 a year.

In other business, the five owners of the old Hollier Drug Store downtown Abbeville agreed to sell the old store to the Police Jury for $85,000.

The building closed two years ago and is located next to the Sheriff’s Annex office.

Granger, who is in charge of the finance committee, said the building will be used for space for the clerk of court’s office.

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