After meeting for a brief period in executive session, Aransas County commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Nov. 25, approved with a 3-1 vote the creation of two Long Term Recovery Senior Advisor positions, as well as job descriptions to continue the Long Term Recovery efforts for Aransas County.

Commissioner Jack Chaney made the motion to approve the new positions. It was seconded by Commissioner Charles Smith and approved by Chaney, Smith and Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills. Commissioner Wendy Laubach opposed the measure. Commissioner Bubba Casterline abstained.

Laubach noted the court recently approved the positions for another year, but it did not include benefits. The county was responsible for only a small portion of the salaries. The new positions are reportedly for the same $240,000 in salaries, but with benefits.

Laubach’s contention is that the new county employees – Long Term Recovery Team members Kim Foutz and William Whitson – are actually receiving a raise since benefits are now added.

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