AJC reporter Janel Davis reports the Cobb County Commission has been asked to rehire the retiring elections director for four months of contracting work at a rate of $800 per day, up to $25,000.
Having Director Sharon Dunn on contract September through December while a replacement is trained would be an asset to the department, said Beverly Smith, chairwoman of the Cobb elections board, which made the request.
The proposal was introduced as an add-on to Tuesday night’s commission agenda, but was tabled when Commissioner Thea Powell balked at the last-minute agenda item and questioned the contract cost.
Powell noted that a Monday draft of the agenda item for Dunn’s contract work requested $1,600 a day, instead of the $800 daily rate included in the final item, and there was no maximum payout in the draft version.
The board consulted with the county manager and human resources department to determine a final consulting rate, Smith said, and the board made an offer at the “low end” of the going rates.
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