Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JEA Board Members Ride to the Rescue

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JEA Board Members Ride to the Rescue

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Byline: Ron Littlepage

I'm not looking for sympathy, but this is a tough time of year to be a columnist.

With Christmas less than a week away, things begin to slow down.

For example, those usual providers of column fodder, City Council members, have mostly left the building.

And things will likely remain slow until after the New Year celebrations and the results thereof are over.

With that in mind, I want to offer a heartfelt, big thank you to JEA board members.

Yes, thank you for thinking it was a good idea to hand out a $44,464 bonus to CEO Paul McElroy because the rest of us were having a difficult time understanding how McElroy was managing to get by on his $404,227 annual salary.

And thank you for insisting the bonus, which, by the way, comes close to equaling the median household income in Jacksonville, is not a bonus.

Every year when you spread this good cheer, we get a kick out of that defense.

And thank you for approving the bonus with a complete lack of transparency, probably in hopes that no one would notice.

Gotcha again.

And thank you for basing the bonus on a self-evaluation McElroy did of his own work because we all know that a self-evaluation is the best way to determine the quality of job performance, at least that's what we will be telling our bosses from now on.

And, finally, thank you for handing out another $2.2 million worth of bonuses in generous checks of $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000 to most of the other 1,900 JEA employees.

Certainly, every one of them is doing a bang-up job. If you're not sure, just ask them for a self-evaluation.

I'm sure these stocking stuffers are much appreciated and completely understood by folks who have had their power cut off because they can't afford to pay their JEA bills.

It's not just JEA. Also helping out a columnist during this slow time of year is Reggie Fullwood. …

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