Highly-Paid Georgia Elected Officials Take Full-Time Pay, Work Part-Time Hours

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An investigation by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution into the working hours of Georgia’s Public Service Commissioners show just how little time they actually spend on the job. One of the commissioners, Stan Wise, only showed up for work on 58 percent of working days, and only 60 percent of those days were before noon, according to key card records obtained through public records requests. The review looked at records between June 2008 and June 2010.

Only one of the officials had a good attendance record, that being Bobby Baker, who punched in on 94 percent of scheduled work days, and 96 percent of the time before noon. Two other commissioners, Doug Everett and Chuck Eaton had attendance records in the 70 plus percent range, while the newest commissioner, Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, showed up only 40 percent of the time. McDonald blames the low attendance figures on a secondary door to his office outside the key-controlled area which he claims to use.

The commission officially disregarded the entry data, saying that key cards are intended for security purposes and not to measure attendance. The five commissioners are paid to work full time and make decisions regarding the state’s gas and electric utilities and their customers. Each commissioner makes $116,000 per year plus generous health and retirement benefits.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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