Chatham Superior Court Clerk Dan Massey is preparing to file a civil lawsuit in Superior Court to change the way his annual salary is calculated by the county.
Massey wants what would, in effect, be a salary increase plus at least $50,000 in back pay dating to 2005. Massey says state law mandates those numbers, but county commissioners think he should at least make his case personally to them.
Massey, who has retained Savannah attorney Steve Scheer to represent him in what has been described as an adjustment to his annual pay, has been involved in a number of meetings and negotiations with county officials over several months.
The assertive move, however, puzzles commissioners. They question why the clerk, who oversees land and property records as well as civil and criminal files of Superior Court, would retain an attorney before making the request in person before the commission.
The matter played out oddly when Massey declined to speak on his request at the commission’s last meeting in December.
Massey has requested what the county calculated to be a 33.4 percent salary hike from his current annual pay rate of $130,522. Scheer, who is also the city attorney for Pooler, told commissioners the increase is in line with state statutes.
Commissioners have decided to hold off on making a decision on Massey’s salary or his decision to retain outside counsel until around the time of their next meeting on Jan. 17.
The commission is also studying whether to grant an annual pay increase totaling $162,000 that was requested by District Attorney Meg Heap, who wants to revise the pay plan and salary schedule for her 28 assistant district attorneys and tie future pay increases to general county pay adjustments.