Folks continued to buzz Tuesday at the Jackson County Courthouse about the announcement that county spokesman Ken Evans was quitting his job for county exec Katheryn Shields and going to work for Prosecutor Mike Sanders.
Sanders’ previous spokesman, Calvin Williford, took a leave of absence May 1 to work full time on Sanders’ campaign for county executive. (News reporters had been snooping around the affable Williford after some complained he was doing campaign work during office hours, but he always maintained he knew how to walk that fine line).
If Sanders wins county executive later this year, Williford is expected to get a better gig in Sanders’ new second-floor digs. If Sanders loses, who knows if Williford returns to the prosecutor’s office. But there's another wrinkle for Williford. Once the county exec race is over, Williford is likely to help run the mayoral campaign for his mentor, Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Brooks. That election is next February.
Williford said he made about $72,000 annually as Sanders’ spokesman. Evans made just over $82,000 annually as Shields’ mouthpiece. Ironically, Evans is asking Shields to sign paperwork that would allow him to keep the higher salary, in effect raising the salary level for the prosecutor’s spokesman.
Will a scorned Shields graciously sign the paperwork? Stay tuned to as the courthouse turns….
Posted by DeAnn Smith 4:30 p.m.