Press Conference at the courthouse eases fears of Jefferson county employees who will receive pay


Jefferson County employees who were concerned about their April 15 pay checks can breathe a little easier as a stand-off between County Judge Gerald Robinson and other elected officials and members of the Quorum Court over the payroll has been settled.

Robinson had told the County Clerk to suspend the processing of the checks which are due Monday over claim that former County Assessor Yvonne Humphrey was being paid for sick leave she was not authorized. He demanded that she be removed from the payroll but changed his mind and instructed Clerk Shawndra Taggart to process the checks.

At a press conference on the steps of the Count Courthouse Friday, Justice of the Peace Lloyd Franklin Jr., talked about Humphrey’s claim.

He then asked Humphrey to explain her position.

Taggart gave county employees the words they wanted to hear about the checks, but with a word of caution about direct deposits.

Prior to the press conference, Franklin had sent an email to Robinson asking him to provide documentation to support his position that Humphrey was not eligible for the sick leave. For the benefit of non-county employees, Franklin also explained how the county works differently from the city.