County election director’s salary set at $49,500 per year

2013-08-08T00:45:00Z County election director’s salary set at $49,500 per yearT&D Staff Report The Times and Democrat
August 08, 2013 12:45 am  • 

The new executive director of Orangeburg County’s Voter Registration and Elections office will be paid $49,500 per year.

Aurora Kelly Smalls’ salary was set Tuesday after negotiations.

Smalls will be receiving about $4,500 more than her predecessor in the position, Howard Jackson. Jackson accepted the same position in Richland County.

Smalls was named the new head of the county’s election department last week during a special called meeting of the Orangeburg County Voter Registration and Elections Commission.

John Nash, interim chairman of the commission, said Smalls is scheduled to begin in her new position Aug. 19.

The director is selected by the commission and hired as a county employee.

About 25 individuals applied for the position. Nash said Smalls was selected because of her experience.

She has worked for Orangeburg County as a systems analyst/computer programmer since 1999. In addition, she has worked with the voter registration office over the past eight years loading the voting machines and as a rover and information technology specialist.

Smalls has a bachelor’s degree in computer systems from Charleston Southern University and a master’s degree in computer information management from Webster University.

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  1. proudamerican2001
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    proudamerican2001 - August 12, 2013 7:01 am
    move on to other "pastures". I am amazed when I go in the building how many of the non-perfomers are still there and those that worked hard and would help each person, have moved on. Another reason why people are moving out of and not working in Orangeburg County. I would say 20 to 25 years ago, it seemed to have more to offer but in the last 10 years, it looks like we are moving to a ghost town.
  2. proudamerican2001
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    proudamerican2001 - August 12, 2013 6:58 am
    I think starting her at the salary of the last inexperienced director who was never in the office is a good salary. Then after a year, if the reputation and the office improves then give her a raise. If she shows up every day and actually works at that job and not some other interest like the last director, then she may get a raise next year. But Orangeburg County continues to promote and keep the non-perfomers, while those who love the job, show up and go the extra mile, tend to move on.
  3. pedingsgang
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    pedingsgang - August 12, 2013 5:47 am
    Oh no... toj & dp are gonna fight... LOL

    I don't know, almost $50 K seems like a chunk of change. Breaks down to almost a gross of $1,000 weekly (ok, ok $951 and change). Plus you have to remember the fringe benefits of a county job... health insurance, retirement fund, personal days, etc. Seems maybe they should have started her at a lower salary and then given her raises for a job well done, if that happens.
  4. dirtpoor
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    dirtpoor - August 09, 2013 10:04 am
    If, she does her job. Stays in her office instead of travelling, and answers the voters questions. Than she is Underpaid !!

    The last director was hardly there. Never answered questions.
  5. Orangeburg Native
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    Orangeburg Native - August 08, 2013 11:14 pm
    That's not enough money for that position. Go somewhere outside of Orangeburg County and get some real money!
  6. ccpsinsider
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    ccpsinsider - August 08, 2013 9:06 pm
    50k is not life altering money for a working woman with experience and education.

    get real it takes 50 k to finally drop the shackles of govt subsidies in this day.
    congrats to the lady.

  7. truthorjustice
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    truthorjustice - August 08, 2013 11:05 am
    Overpaid.
  8. proudamerican2001
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    proudamerican2001 - August 08, 2013 7:03 am
    Wow!! Paid that much for little knowledge and very little experience. I knew my husband should have applied!! How can she make more than the incompetent one that moved on and not have any real experience?!?!?!!? This is why the public is getting frustrated with government and government employees. I guess expecting her to prove herself first before giving her that kind of increase would make too much sense?!?! Things in Orangeburg County government never change.
  9. 803803803
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    803803803 - August 08, 2013 4:29 am
    Now that's good money! Spending 80$ a day on food still wouldn't hurt her
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