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County Commissioners among highest paid

McDONOUGH — Henry County commissioners are among the highest-paid commissioners in Georgia, according to data released by a state agency.

According to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs 2012 County Wage and Salary Survey, the commissioners are each paid an annual salary of $45,261, exceeding Gwinnett and Fulton counties.

Henry County Commissioners make more than twice what their counterparts in Clayton County make, who bring home less than $22,000 per year.

In fact, Henry County commission pay is second only to Madison County.

The office of Henry County Commission Chairman is listed as a part-time position by the Department of Community Affairs at $59,107 a year, the highest-paid chairman who listed as part-time on the survey.

However, neighboring Rockdale County, with a population of just 85,765, has its chairman listed as full-time at a salary of $104,576.

Fulton County’s chairman earns almost $20,000 less, but has a population of about 949,599 versus Henry County’s 207,360.

Other annual salaries listed for Henry County elected officials:

• Tax Commissioner office salary is listed at $122,859, the third highest listed in the state.

• Coroner office salary is listed as the fourth highest salary at $37,500.

• District Attorney office salary is listed at $150,484.

• Magistrate Court Chief office salary is listed at $133,707.

• Probate Court Judge office salary is listed at $119,632.

• State Court Clerk office salary is listed at $99,879 .

• State Court Judge office salaries are listed at $145,744.

Salaries of public officials are public records and can be accessed by any citizen at the Department of Community Affairs’ website at www.dca.state.ga.us.