LET­TERS TO THE EDI­TOR

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION -

My­ers is the best choice for Peters­burg

Peters­burg City Coun­cil Elec­tions are upon us again, the choices are far and few, integrity, trans­parency and hon­esty are front and cen­ter. There is only one can­di­date who pos­sess each of th­ese at­tributes that need not be ques­tioned, Coun­cil­man Howard My­ers.

Mr. My­ers has con­sis­tently showed us that he re­mains com­mit­ted to the bet­ter­ment of Peters­burg and all those who work and re­side. Dur­ing his ten­ure on coun­cil Mr. My­ers has stood firm on his prior cam­paign prom­ises on bring­ing a fa­cil­ity to Peters­burg as a one-stop shop for our vet­er­ans, The Free­dom Sup­port Cen­ter has done just that. An ini­tia­tive out of his of­fice has helped those cur­rently serv­ing that are fix­ing to tran­si­tion into civil­ian duty and to the struggling vet­eran seek­ing help in ob­tain­ing ser­vices, yes, the Sup­port Cen­ter has proven to be a great pos­i­tive as­set to Peters­burg thanks to Coun­cil­man My­ers.

The hous­ing blight has de­creased within Ward 5 un­der his ten­ure, A new se­nior hous­ing de­vel­op­ment was built known as Clai­borne Square was opened, the Henry Williams Town­homes, just to name a few. Coun­cil­man My­ers and his other col­leagues have seen the city through one of the worse fi­nan­cial crises in its his­tory and we now have pos­i­tive out­looks from S&P. Tough de­ci­sions were made by all on coun­cil in­clud­ing Mr. My­ers, and those tough de­ci­sions have put us on the road to re­cov­ery.

The choice is clear at the bal­lot box come Novem­ber 6, A vote for Mr. My­ers is a vote for hon­esty, Integrity, trans­parency and most of all, A brighter fu­ture for Peters­burg. Tony Thomp­son Peters­burg Howard My­ers deeply cares for his city

Coun­cil­man Howard My­ers de­serves our sup­port this Novem­ber at the bal­lot box. Mr. My­ers cares deeply about the cit­i­zens of Ward 5. His com­mit­ment to those he serves is un­de­ni­ably un­ques­tion­able. As a res­i­dent of Hard­ing Street and hav­ing been around when the hor­rific in­ci­dent hap­pened with Alexan­der Hill, I wit­nessed first­hand Mr. My­ers stand­ing with a griev­ing fam­ily and vowed on many oc­ca­sions that we would no longer stand for vi­o­lence within our com­mu­nity.

Coun­cil­man My­ers has stood by that prom­ise. He is very vis­i­ble within his ward, at­tend­ing com­mu­nity events, talk­ing with con­cerned cit­i­zens, and lend­ing a help­ing hand to those in need.

Cit­i­zens of Ward 5, the only true vote on Novem­ber 6 is Coun­cil­man Howard My­ers.

Regi­nald Jones Peters­burg

Writer of­fers his own salary anal­y­sis

The lo­cal govern­ment salaries which you pub­lished on Septem­ber 16 pre­sented some in­ter­est­ing com­par­a­tive in­for­ma­tion. My ini­tial re­view of the num­bers sur­prised me when I no­ticed the most fi­nan­cially dis­tressed lo­cal­ity, Peters­burg, ap­peared to pay the high­est salaries. Ten years ago that cer­tainly was not the case.

Af­ter a more thor­ough anal­y­sis, I pre­pared the sched­ule be­low. It ex­cludes po­si­tions funded by the state (e.g., Com­mon­wealth’s At­tor­ney) and po­si­tions not hav­ing a com­pa­ra­ble ti­tle in other lo­cal­i­ties (e.g., Gen­eral Man­ager/PGA Golf Pro). Ch­ester­field (pop­u­la­tion 339,009) and Sus­sex (pop­u­la­tion 11,504) Coun­ties were ex­cluded due to their pop­u­la­tion ex­tremes. The sched­ule lists ten po­si­tions with com­pa­ra­ble po­si­tions in most of th­ese lo­cal­i­ties: Colo­nial Heights (pop­u­la­tion 17,772), Dinwiddie (28,144), Hopewell (22,735), Peters­burg (31,882), and Prince Ge­orge (37,845).

Although the po­si­tion ti­tles are com­pa­ra­ble, there may be some dif­fer­ences in re­spon­si­bil­i­ties due to job de­scrip­tions.

The sched­ule in­di­cates the fol­low­ing: 1. The av­er­age salary for th­ese ten po­si­tions in Peters­burg is $20,278, or 16% above the av­er­age in the four other lo­cal­i­ties. 2. Peters­burg’s salaries are the high­est in eight of the ten po­si­tions listed. The ex­cep­tions are In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Di­rec­tor and Po­lice Cap­tain. 3. The Di­rec­tor of Plan­ning salary range shows the largest dif­fer­en­tial, $89,362 to $140,000, with Peters­burg be­ing $36,176 (26%) above the av­er­age.

On a clos­ing note, it was in­ter­est­ing to find that Peters­burg po­si­tions funded by the state did not show the dis­par­ity dis­closed by the city-funded po­si­tions. Also, this in­for­ma­tion only cov­ers man­age­ment po­si­tions. A non-man­age­ment sur­vey may present an en­tirely dif­fer­ent pic­ture.

Don­ald L. Har­away Suther­land

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