Purvis city employees get 3 percent pay raise

By HASKEL BURNS,

With the new year comes a slightly higher paycheck for city employees in Purvis, as the Purvis Board of Aldermen recently voted to institute a 3 percent raise for employees across the board.

Mayor Roger Herrin said the raise, which was approved at the Jan. 7 board meeting, is a measure that city leaders try to institute every year.

“We’ve done it for eons, I guess – I don’t know that we have ever not done it,” he said. “Three percent is not a huge amount, but it’ll help – for somebody that’s making $10.50 an hour, it’ll give them about 38 cents an hour raise. To have good help, you’ve got to pay good help.”

Herrin said he and the board were glad to be able to budget for and approve the raises, as the city employees put in a lot of work to help maintain and improve the city.

“They all earned it,” he said. “They work hard, and it’s a thankless job, and they deserve it.”

In an unrelated measure, the Mississippi Legislature recently approved a 3 percent raise for all county supervisors across the state, which supervisors in Forrest and Lamar counties recently voted to accept. For those two counties, the measure increases supervisors’ pay from approximately $44,700 to $46,041.

Pay increases also were approved for tax assessor, justice court judges, constables and circuit clerks.

In other news from the board meeting, Purvis aldermen also:

  • Voted to approve the claims docket, police fines and assessments;
  • Averaged water bills; and
  • Heard a presentation from Police Chief Joey Walker on the substance Kratom.