Wilson NC – Wilson County sheriff receives 3rd-highest pay – News & Observer

The Political Agitator response: Damn these ignant racist a** guys continue to go after Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr.’s salary. Hell he said he would support a pay reduction but it ain’t his damn fault the County Commissioners have not chosen to reduce his pay. Hell he is only guaranteed he will be in office 4 years at a time so hell this is his livelihood. Where were these folks who are complaining about his pay when the previous Sheriff (the white man) Wayne Gay was in office? Oh but race ain’t got nothing to do with this. Former white Sheriff now a black Sheriff. I ain’t ignant to the FACT! Thes guys need to sit down and shut the hell up!

RALEIGH, N.C. — Rural Wilson County continues to be home to one of North Carolina’s highest-paid sheriffs, four years after the former sheriff’s salary sparked debate, according to a review by the News & Observer.

The newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1uU3npV ) that Wilson County exemplifies the disparities caused by leaving sheriffs’ pay up to county commissioners. Across North Carolina’s 100 counties, sheriffs make between $45,000 annually in Clay County and $182,000 in Mecklenburg County, when including salaries and bonuses, according to the paper’s review of state treasurer’s data from 2013.

Wilson County ranks third highest.

In 2010, then-candidate Calvin Woodard Jr. said he’d support a pay reduction if he was elected sheriff. Four years later, the job in a county with less than 82,000 people still pays more than $160,000, and Woodard is seeking a second term. (Source: Read more)

Gardner leads money race for sheriff – Wilson Times

Republican sheriff hopeful Joey Gardner will begin the general election campaign with a bigger war chest than whichever candidate emerges as his Democratic opponent.

Gardner doesn’t have a primary on Tuesday, but he still edged out both Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr. and his Democratic primary challenger, Charles Harris, in fundraising. The GOP candidate raised $12,355, and he still has $8,881 in the bank, according to campaign finance reports.

Woodard raised $12,111 in the first quarter of 2014, but he’s spent about 91 percent of that cash on the primary. Harris reported $11,449 in campaign contributions and has spent 93 percent in hopes of winning the Democratic spot on November’s ballot.

In the Republican primary for the Wilson County Board of Commissioners District 7 seat, challenger Bill Blackman has raised nearly 10 times as much as incumbent Commissioner Tad Piner. Blackman, a former Wilson city councilman, reported $6,410 in contributions to Piner’s $655.

Political heavyweights, prominent businesspeople and elected officials are backing different candidates in the sheriff’s race, disclosure reports filed Tuesday at the Wilson County Board of Elections show. (Source: Read more)