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Deal’s jobs program helps one more underemployed lawmaker




State Rep. Tim Bearden, previously known for collecting a $94,500 public paycheck with no contract or evidence of work, is Gov. Nathan Deal’s choice to run the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. If Bearden lands the job, he will have parlayed a razor-thin electoral victory seven years ago into a six-figure state salary plus benefits.

The ex-cop won his House seat by 39 votes in a 2004 Republican primary runoff. He trounced a Democratic challenger and has since been re-elected twice without opposition.

By late 2005, Bearden had an office at Carrollton City Hall and a $2,100-a-month city stipend. The arrangement lasted until Carrollton blogger D. Tim Clark blasted it all over his website; city officials told Clark that Bearden had a verbal contract only and no written work product.

Two city councilman soon complained they had no clue what, if anything, Bearden did to earn his money.

Mayor Wayne Garner, a lobbyist and former state senator, responded that Bearden had performed a variety of “community policing” chores for the city, including liaison work with Toys for Tots, Fans for Seniors and “Save a Life … Stop on Red.” That claim rang a bit hollow when local Toys for Tots organizer Carlis Baker told the Carrollton Times-Georgian that Bearden had done nothing for the program:

“Toys for Tots has no record of contributions, or support ever being received from Wayne Garner the Mayor of Carrollton, or Tim Bearden the State of Georgia Representative for District 68. Any and all support provided to needy children in West Georgia by Toys for Tots is entirely due to tireless volunteers and the wonderful contributions of the community and will remain so.”
Garner said Bearden had also advised the city on “sensitive police issues that are not open for public disclosure,” leading cynics to speculate on former Douglasville cop’s possible “black ops” experience.
Bearden’s appointment must be approved by the state Board of Public Safety.
There’s no word yet on what Bearden’s salary might be, but he would be replacing the retiring Dale Mann, who earned about $122,654 in FY2010. Bearden’s Carrollton duties earned him about $25,000 a year.
So, presumably, Bearden will need to work four to five times as hard in his new gig.





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3 Responses to “Deal’s jobs program helps one more underemployed lawmaker”

  1. LU LaFayette says:

    What is four or fives times zero..?

  2. lynnbo says:

    Wow Deal is really taking care of his good ol boys

  3. gymguy123 says:

    As a law enforcement professional (former police officer, parole officer, spec investigator for the State of GA and current Criminal Justice Professor) this sickens me. Georgia is quite possibly the leader in mushroom agencies-so top heavy with incompetent leaders pulling down huge salaries while the real backbone workers at the bottom are near poverty level with salaries.
    This candidate is a joke and the Governor moreso for considering him