LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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