Georgia’s New $80,000 per Year Assistant


Georgia just hired a guy named Rob Bohr to be her assistant. Georgia is a part time mayor who makes $23,000 per year as mayor, but now she has a nearly $80,000 per year* full time assistant. Hard for you to believe, eh? Me too. But as always, you need not believe anything I tell you below because I’ve included links to the raw data at the end of this article so you can see for yourself.

And what will Georgia’s new assistant do for her? Well, besides being a Sociology Major from U of Northern Iowa (does not include his GPA) and having his AZ Real Estate Sales License, one of his chief qualifications was to write columns for Glendale mayor Elaine Scruggs. Scruggs is the disgraced big spending politician-mayor of Glendale who has decided not to run again who, by the way, is leaving Glendale in financial tatters.

Bohr also says he’s good at drafting weekly bulletins, and speaking points for mayors. Not only that, but he also has experience attending meetings for the mayor of “local and regional organizations” as well as “assisting with the Mayor’s schedule”. (I’m not making this up, you can read his resume yourself, it is included below).

I guess Georgia can no longer fulfill all her mayoral duties herself anymore, even though she also has a vice-mayor, Joanne Osborne who also gets $23,000 per year. It must be a lot of work, all that flying off to DC to hob nob with Obama liberals, (Mrs. Lord Goes to Washington), keeping quiet interest from private prison companies to expand in Goodyear from residents, (Georgia Knew) giving away tax dollars to foreign companies, (Prop Tax Incr to Corps) writing letters to Jan Brewer to veto HB2826 because “part time residents will be disenfranchised” even though voters supported it, (Georgia’s Letter) making $450 per second videos that are already outdated, (Video) and of course writing a column in Goodyear’s own, In Focus magazine.

Who could do without Georgia’s In Focus comments anyhow? I guess she needs full time help it’s so demanding of her time. And someone has to keep her calendar straight.

Can $300 million in debt and no bonding ability for five years Goodyear afford this? (2012-13 Budget No Bonding Ability) Is that what you voted in a $56,000 per year total pay part time mayor and vice mayor to do? Hire a full time assistant? (Plus CM Dalke makes a hundred and seventy something and did you notice Bohr gets up to 35 days off each year as a GY employee?)

And remember Interim CM Brian Dahlke telling us that Goodyear employees needed raises in order to stay competitive? Bohr was making only $56,000 working for Scruggs, Goodyear decided to pay him $70,893 plus benefits to have him come to Goodyear.

Go figure. Here is how to run for city council in March. (How to Run for GY City Council)

Here is Bohr’s offer letter and salary history. Georgia asst offer and sal history0001
Here is his resume with sample Scruggs column he claims he wrote. Georgia asst resume0001

*salary of $70,893 and estimated $6,000 in benefits.

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16 Responses

  1. This is outrageous when there is no money for anything in Goodyear. $80,000 salary per year as a public servant is excessive. This is NOT the job creation Arizona needs. The Government growing bigger and bigger…

  2. The government in action… $50,000,000.00 from mortgage foreclosure settlement going to new “private” prisons. Wake up people and take action!!

    http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2012/05/04/republicans’-‘bait-and-switch’-budget-lacks-vision/comment-page-1/#comment-72715

    Republicans’ ‘bait-and-switch’ budget lacks vision
    By Guest Opinion
    Published: May 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

    House Minority Leader Chad Campbell (File photo)

    Arizona Legislative Republicans did the state a disservice by pushing through a bait-and-switch budget that lacks vision, leaves kids of working families without health care coverage and fails to create jobs.

    Tea Party legislators appear satisfied with hanging their hats on the rainy day fund in their budget. That’s the bait. The reality is their budget will leave such a large deficit in fiscal year 2015 that it drains the rainy day fund dry. Even then, the state will be left with about $150 million of debt. That’s the switch.

    The rest of the budget is laced with irresponsible choices and misplaced priorities. Republicans struck a deal with Gov. Jan Brewer that generations of Arizonans will have to finance. Their priorities are wrong.

    House Democrats have been calling for the restoration of KidsCare since the governor froze the program in January 2010. A $7 million investment would provide medical coverage for thousands of children from working families. The Republicans did not see fit to support this program, but they want to allow the state to join lawsuits against the voter-approved Independent Redistricting Commission. Some Republicans are upset with the IRC because they don’t like their chances of winning in the new districts the IRC created. They want to spend tax dollars to sue, which could cost millions. That money would be better spent on health care for Arizona’s children.

    Tea Party lawmakers swiped $50 million from the Arizona Attorney General’s Mortgage Settlement Fund. This is a multi-state settlement with the federal government against the five largest residential mortgage loan servicers who engaged in fraudulent loan and foreclosure practices. The money is supposed to help families hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. The Republicans decided it is more important to use this money to build additional private prisons.

    Tea Party legislators will have a lot to answer for during the upcoming elections. The budget that is waiting on the governor’s desk does nothing to create jobs, it leaves the state in debt by fiscal year 2015, it ignores children of working families who need health care coverage and it steals from homeowners who were already victimized by fraudulent loan practices.

    Every House Democrat voted against this budget and its misplaced priorities. It was the only responsible thing to do. Especially considering it kills jobs. The state loses jobs in tourism because Republicans don’t fund the State Parks Department and limit future funding for the Office of Tourism. Both are major job creators in Arizona. It also kills jobs in the health care industry by failing to support rate increases for all health care providers. This budget jeopardizes jobs and people’s health across the state.

    Democrats proposed a budget to create jobs, provide health services and support quality education. It was responsible and realistic. Maybe next year, the Republicans will be willing to have serious discussions with our caucus. We’d be more than happy to help them create a budget that works for the people of Arizona, instead of against them.

    – Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, is minority leader in the Arizona House of Representatives.

  3. …”Tea Party lawmakers swiped $50 million from the Arizona Attorney General’s Mortgage Settlement Fund. This is a multi-state settlement with the federal government against the five largest residential mortgage loan servicers who engaged in fraudulent loan and foreclosure practices. The money is supposed to help families hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. The Republicans decided it is more important to use this money to build additional private prisons.” by Rep.Chad Campbell, Minority leader of the Arizona House of Representatives

  4. truthseeker13: This is Goodyear, AZ. Wake up and concentrate on the local failures.

    As for Rob Bohr, this is a joke? Mr. Bohr lists gambling as a favorite activity on a personal website. I hope it is not with more Goodyear tax money.

    Rob Bohr Contact Info
    (623) 930-2260
    rbohr@glendaleaz.com

    • mygoodyearprettypony, Perryville Prison for women and adolescents is in Goodyear where ADC proposed 5,000 private prison beds at public hearings in August 2011 that you must not have attended. You need to get informed on Goodyear prison town… a subject they want swept under the rug. The Litchfield Mayor was the only won who attended while the Goodyear officials were no where to be seen. Turning Arizona and Goodyear / West Valley into a dumping ground for private prisons and the importing of out of state inmates should concern ALL. Who wants to move or invest in a prison state?

      • mgpp, Why are you concerned for those who are impacted by the mortgage foreclosure crisis, West Valley / Goodyear especially hard hit? Why aren’t you asking how the legislators and the Governor dare to swipe $50,000,000 from the mortgage foreclosure settlement meant for the people it was intended for?

    • mgpp, Why aren’t you concerned for those who are impacted by the mortgage foreclosure crisis — in the West Valley / Goodyear especially hard hit? Why aren’t you asking how the legislators and the Governor dare to swipe $50,000,000 from the mortgage foreclosure settlement meant for the people it was intended for?

    • Goodyear prison town should concern all. CCA has an obscene contract to purchase ALL the state prisons. Goodyear won’t be able to tell the “private” prison corporation what to do with the land and all that going on around Perryville. I suggest, gypp, that you wake up.

      http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=38858

      Prison Nation Going Broke
      by Douglas French

      excerpt:

      “The New York Times reports of more financial woes for municipalities. Suffolk County will run $530 million into the red over the next three years and has declared a financial emergency. The New York state oversight board already seized financial control of Suffolkís Long Island neighbor, Nassau County.

      Danny Hakim writes,

      Even as there are glimmers of a national economic recovery, cities and counties increasingly find themselves in the middle of a financial crisis. The problems are spreading as municipalities face a toxic mix of stresses that has been brewing for years, including soaring pension, Medicaid and retiree health care costs. And many have exhausted creative accounting maneuvers and one-time spending cuts or revenue-raisers to bail themselves out.

      New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg told a radio audience, ìTowns and counties across the state are starting to have to make the real choices ó fewer cops, fewer firefighters, slower ambulance response, less teachers in front of the classroom.î

      But this is not just a New York problem. State government has taken over finances for a number of cities in Michigan. Jefferson County, Alabama filed Chapter 9 and Stockton California is close to filing BK.

      Municipalities shoulder much of the judicial system that polices, administers, and adjudicates the war on drugs and prison nation. The prison population in America equals that of the cities of Los Angeles and Miami combined. Putting this many people behind bars to be forgotten about by society is expensive, costing $6 billion a year.”

  5. Howard–Is this a newly created full-time position or has it been on the books all along? If so, what was the pay scale prior to Georgia’s reign?

    Would love to hear from the two former Mayoral candidates (Gibbs and Rassas) as to whether they would have filled this position (assuming it was already on the books) and at this seemingly generous pay rate for scheduling Georgia’s public appearances. Seems like we could have found a college intern willing to do the job for free in exchange for college credit and work experience.

    It also seems that Goodyear is continuing its trend of hiring Glendale’s leftovers.

    As always thank you for fighting the good fight for our city.

    • If your guiding governing principle is fiscal responsibility and a commitment to putting Goodyear’s financial house in order, this position and many others would clearly not be filled. But if you feel you are unassailable at the ballot box, enamored of your own self-importance, and entitled to the trappings of “high office,” then you do whatever you want. After all, there are no consequences beyond random blog snipping like this, and you have a large cadre of true believers who will post plenty of nonsense in your defense.

      I’m hard-pressed to imagine how the 65,000 residents of this city are better served by the mayor doting on herself in this manner, which gives rise to a second governing principle — if there is not a clear connection to the improved well being of the citizenry, we don’t need it. Simple, really.

    • This position was newly minted and approved in this year’s budget.

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