Houston Councilwoman Sue Lovell Thinks Dead City Worker Jerry Hines Deserved Low Pay
Houston City Councilwoman Sue Lovell, a so-called Democrat, seems to be of the view that dead Houston city worker Jerry Hines Jr., deserved low pay.
Mr. Hines was killed on January 17, 2007, while helping a motorist during bad weather.
The Houston Chronicle reported that Mr. Hines made only $17,000 a year. That comes out to $8.17 an hour. I wrote a letter to my Houston City Councilmembers asking if they thought $17,000 a year was adequate pay for city employees.
Here is the response I got from Ms. Lovell’s office— Mr. Aquino—The council member wants to let you know that a lot of new hires start in entry level positions depending on their qualifications and work experience and then apply for other positions within the city once an opportunity becomes available. It is unfortunate that Mr. Hines was unable to take advantage of the many opportunities the city has to offer. I hope this helps you better understand this situation. Thank you for bring your concern to this office.
My take on this response is that Ms. Lovell believes that Mr. Hines was earning all the money he deserved. It also seems to be the case that Ms. Lovell thinks it is okay for entry-level city workers to receive low pay.
I voted for Ms. Lovell once. I won’t make that mistake again.