Michigan Officials Paid Themselves Bonuses With Pandemic Relief Funds

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Commissioners in a Michigan County decided to use COVID relief cash to pay themselves bonuses worth half of their annual salaries.

Elected officials in Shiawassee County voted to award public employees with generous bonuses that the commissioners deemed “hazard pay” for the work they put in during the pandemic.  

The minimum amount gifted to county workers was $1,000, but the average one time payout to employees was $2,100. The people at the top of the county hierarchy received significantly more, with seven officials splitting $65,000 in coronavirus cash between them.

County board chairman Jeremy Root collected the lion’s share of the funds with a $25,000 bonus, second-tier commissioners John B. Plowman and Brandon Marks both took in $10,000 each, while the other four commissioners received $5,000 bonuses, which amounts to half the annual salary for their positions.

Commissioner Marlene Webster was “mortified” to learn that she had received funds, which she had only believed were going to county employees outside of the board when they voted. 

“I’m giving the money back,” Webster remarked. “I think one commissioner is giving it to a nonprofit so those actions indicate that we truly did not know this money was coming to us.”

While commissioner Cindy Garber believes she deserves her $5K. “I think that I earned it,” she commented. “I work really hard at this job. I was here in person all through this crazy year.”

Residents of Shiawassee County are not thrilled that the American Rescue Plan funds are going into politician’s pockets. “I think it’s selfish. It’s very greedy, especially if it can go back to the community. I mean we vote for them,” remarked Owosso resident Leslie Powell.

The chairman’s $25K bonus was a particularly hard pill to swallow. “A lot of people can benefit from $25,000. I’m not sure what his job entitles – like why that would entitle him to have that money,” said resident Barb Haber-Grinnell.

The Michigan Association of Counties said that the payouts are not against regulations, but are a first of their kind.  

“We have been consistently advising our members to focus on making strategic investments in their services to the public, through documents, through regular briefings for commissioners and administrators and through webinars put on by such partners as the state of Michigan and the National Association of Counties,” MAC executive director Stephan Currie said in a statement. 

“We are not aware of any other counties considering payments to elected officials, and MAC has not provided any guidance or advice to do so.”



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Zues Papadopoulos
Zues Papadopoulos
2 months ago

Color me totally NOT surprised.

Pedro Rodriguez
Pedro Rodriguez
2 months ago

This ‘hanky panky’with Covid19 money is just the tip of the iceberg, i bet all states are in the same scheme. 🇺🇸🇵🇷😎

James B Jacobs
James B Jacobs
2 months ago

I don’t know about my state, but I’ll bet you if it was possible, it happened. We have a county manager in my county that makes $100,000 a year and we only have 13,000 people in the whole county.

Patrician
Patrician
2 months ago

Not all states just the corrupt blue states who treat their people terrible and treat themselves to all the luxuries like policing!!!!!

Patricia
2 months ago
Reply to  Patrician

Their. Place will soon be in hell where they belong!

gary thibodeaux
2 months ago

Nurses in Louisiana are not being paid like other states due to covid relief!

Keith S. Clark
Keith S. Clark
2 months ago

Democrats, Gee, ya think???

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

No surprise there they do it all the time just in different ways. If the people of Michigan were smart they would recall are fire them all. Maybe except the one giving the money back. Just a crocked system they have set up up there.

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
2 months ago

Every one of these corrupt democrats should be striped of office and put in jail. This is what happens when you have communist in charge liars and thief’s who steal from the tax payors. Who, will show up for Hunter’s meeting on his art ? Mexican cartel representatives? Chinese fentanyl warlord representatives? anyone seeking political influence, an in general any one of the many pay to play buyers. All keep in secret because Hunter is above our Country’s laws as is his father. Biden’s idea of Nation security use the DOJ as a political arm of the democrat party. The Biden crime family has managed to have criminals avoid bail, avoid petty thief
prosecution, like Hunter avoid federal arrest for lying on federal gun applications, attack the legal gun ownership Keep our southern borders open in violation of our Country laws. Biden crime family profits again..

larry hall
2 months ago

jail oh no then we will have too feed them maybe

Rick
Rick
2 months ago
Reply to  larry hall

One meal every other Day, would be about right, no visitation, and no OUTSIDE CONTACT…. Maybe they would figure out how the Public feels.

glenn edward davis
glenn edward davis
2 months ago
Reply to  Rick

Put them in solitary with 1 hour per day out of the cell’ sometime between 10pm and 6 am. Just like the Jan. 6th political prisoners in DC.

Debra
Debra
2 months ago

And don’t forget the beatings…one guy has lost an eye in that DC jail from the beatings…

Lew Tripp
2 months ago

You nailed it, charles

Annie
Annie
2 months ago

I couldn’t possibly have said it better! Absolutely correct observations on all counts…..I, too, hate the CCP being in our White House!

Wyncotejoan53
Wyncotejoan53
2 months ago

So much for public ‘service’, crap on the voters, I’d truly love to see a detailed list of the work they claim they did to believe they deserve the cash

Richard
2 months ago
Reply to  Wyncotejoan53

Makes me laugh, Hazardous duty pay. Firefighters and Police didn’t get any Covid money but we don’t want it anyway it’s are job and we took an oath. We provide a service and work for the taxpayers.

Lew Tripp
2 months ago
Reply to  Richard

Amen, Brother

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
2 months ago

It takes great gall for elected officials to scrape public coffers for the last buck originally intended for those who lost income due to the China flu. They didn’t lose real money but only risked being infected by those who trusted them.

Stephen Weiss
2 months ago

As always; follow the money and you’ll find some crooks.

Rick
Rick
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Weiss

UMM, they are DemonRATs,,,, which has proven to be the worst form of crook….

Jim Gould
Jim Gould
2 months ago

Thieves, crooked politicians feeding at the trough! They can’t keep their greedy hands off the taxpayers money. Shamefull!

Richard
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim Gould

We all must remember who these people are when it comes time to vote. Make them get a real job.

MSG Leo
MSG Leo
2 months ago

Only Democrats would think to take that money for themselves.

Elsine
Elsine
2 months ago

Everybody is stealing Terrible. We had a awful thing happen around the world with this pandemic. An these people are taking advantage of this situation. Absolutely. Disgusting thief. I guess they live by the old saying “. Charity begins at home”. So they helped themselves. God help them

Richard
2 months ago

Not surprised that left wing Demonrats are stealing from the taxpayers again.

Wharf Rat
Wharf Rat
2 months ago

Money, someone elses money in particular, is like crack to politicians, especially democrats. I just dont buy the fact that “we didnt know where it came from”. My pessimism has reached heightened levels in the last 7 months.

Annie
Annie
2 months ago
Reply to  Wharf Rat

My heightened level is called TOXIC CONTEMPT

Gary
Gary
2 months ago

Every one of the corrupt politicians must be charged with theft by deception. This money was not for paying bonus’. but for the purpose of providing funding for American citizens who are struggling during the pandemic. Unlike many of American citizens who had lost their jobs and not drawing a paycheck, these thieves were still receiving their pay. There is nothing that these Dems won’t do even when they know it is illegal.

Frances Weingarten
Frances Weingarten
2 months ago

It’s more than a little shocking that Michigan officials used the funds that were to be given to pandemic relief to fill their own pockets! One can only hope that they’ll be caught out and fined!

Rick
Rick
2 months ago

and the demons prove their low morals again…. stealing from relief funds…. or as it was once called the widows and orphans fund…. Or the Tithe box…. Or the lead pipe replacement funds AGAIN…. and after the results of this past election…. I must say with severe Conviction…. IF,
there IS A lower form of life on this Planet Than A DEMONRAT it would have to be a Cockroach or MAGGOT

MICHAEL Ruiz
MICHAEL Ruiz
2 months ago

Totally democrat. No morals. They’d rather steal than work. The cow governor is George Soros niece

Marry Jane
2 months ago

Not new, that what they alway do, go back you will see that like one of their POLICIES, 1st thing they fill their own pockets, boot their party, wasted on everything etc…etc…. last spray some crumb on American, every time again & again, AMERICAN’S CRISIS the time their wellbeing got better, their goal to destroy AMERICA getting closer

Pizzaman7
Pizzaman7
2 months ago

The Democrats are for the little people….what a shame. We lost 40% of our businesses with needless shutdowns and these people took the money for themselves….

Marcia
Marcia
2 months ago

Each and every one of them belongs behind bars, for theft. They should all lose their positions and be made to repay this $$ with interest. This money should of gone to the citizens. Also I am sure this is going on in Wisconsin as Evers is a low-life snake.

Pat
Pat
2 months ago

Gr r r r r !

Casey
Casey
2 months ago

Democrat politicians will do ANYTHING to line their own pockets.

Why do you think a lot of lawyers become politicians……………..because they learn that they can make more money by lying and cheating the American taxpayers.

Every one of these politicians who took covid money should be prosecuted and sent to prison.

Djea3
Djea3
2 months ago

Time for some federal arrests. Especially if ONE DOLLAR went to any elected officials as their wages are determined in advance regardless of circumstance. This is criminal activity and all must see jail time.
BTW giving it away is criminal as well, only returning it is acceptable.

Jim
Jim
2 months ago

If there is any legal authority in Michigan with a conscience, arrest these thieves and place them in prison for a very long time. Stealing from the taxpayer is the highest form of treason and politicians think they are entitled. No government or election funds should be available for distribution unless a taxpayer committee approves.

Christian.
Christian.
2 months ago

This is only a tiny bit of what many politicians steal from us. This is why they were so scared to have Trump stay in office. He was exposing their criminal behavior. He would take away their gravy train. Are we “woke” yet. This type of “woke” is not what they want us to be.. Wake up America!!

Blueberry
Blueberry
2 months ago

What crooks. That money should have gone to struggling businesses in their state that were shut down.

robert
robert
2 months ago
Reply to  Blueberry

dam thief’s

robert
robert
2 months ago

What do you expect . Michigan Thief’s steeling money to help covid relief. Sorry Bastards.

Patricia
2 months ago

Get rid of this criminal! And that POS DOJ who refuses to investigate this reptile for all the nursing home murders she caused!

Mark J. Brocious
Mark J. Brocious
2 months ago

Were they republicans or democrats?

Debra
Debra
2 months ago

Well community foklks…the statement..”we vote for them”…IS the problem….DON’T vote for them or ANY democrap and maybe things will change

mofromtn
mofromtn
2 months ago

I think this is where the dems are getting ALL their campaign funding money, by stealing it from others. The democrats make my ex-wife seem rather tame compared to what they are doing right in plain sight, and the right has allowed it for 5 years now. Pathetic excuse for humans if you ask me.

Larry Wayne Larson
Larry Wayne Larson
2 months ago

Isn’t that special?

bonavajo
bonavajo
2 months ago

I bet the ones who kept the $$ are all Dems. Lord can you please remove all these people from or midst.

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