Knowledgebase-City Judge Benefits Survey


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Title:City Judge Benefits Survey
Summary:Seventeen cities responded to an MTAS survey about their city judge, including the number of hours worked, salary, and benefits participation.
Original Author:Stokes, Richard
Co-Author:
Product Create Date:02/10/2017
Last Reviewed on::06/26/2017
Subject:Courts--Judges; Courts--Municipal; Personnel--Compensation; Personnel--Fringe benefits; Personnel--Surveys
Type:Survey
Original Document: Survey Results - City Judge.pdfSurvey Results - City Judge.pdf

Reference Documents:

Text of Document: City Judge Benefits Survey

1. Does your city utilize a city judge?

Organization Yes/No
Jackson Yes
Columbia Yes
Hendersonville Yes
Cookeville Yes
Kingsport Yes
Cleveland Yes
McMinnville Yes
Crossville Yes
Bartlett Yes
Collierville Yes
Farragut Yes
Chattanooga Yes
Sparta Yes
Elizabethton Yes
Maryville Yes
Lawrenceburg Yes
Gallatin Yes


2. If yes, how many hours are they required to work each month?

Organization # of Hours/month
Columbia Court is held every Tuesday; hours vary depending on the docket.
Hendersonville No requirements
Cookeville As needed - presides over traffic court once/week. Hours worked depends on docket.
Kingsport Court every M & W no time requirements
Cleveland They hold court once a week hours vary
McMinnville based on the docket
Bartlett They are on the bench btw 5-6 hrs. per wk.
Collierville 40-60 hours
Farragut no requirement--based on need
Sparta 2 hours
Elizabethton controlled by court schedule
Maryville As needed
Lawrenceburg No requirement; City Court Twice a month for about 2 hours each session
Gallatin We have a City Judge/City Recorder position


How many hours are they required to work per year?

Organization Required per year
Columbia As needed
Hendersonville No requirement
Cookeville As needed
Kingsport n/a
Cleveland Hours vary
Bartlett They are on the bench btw 5-6 hrs. per wk.
Collierville 480 – 720 year
Farragut no requirement--based on need
Elizabethton controlled by court schedule
Maryville As needed
Lawrenceburg n/a
Gallatin 2080 year


3. How much are they paid?

Organization Amount Paid
Jackson $161,335.00 annually
Columbia $25,000.00 annually
Hendersonville $109/hour
Cookeville $400/month
Kingsport $10,000.00 annually
Cleveland $14,814.00 annually
McMinnville $1,000/month
Crossville $20,000.00 annually
Bartlett $62,000.00 annually
Collierville $58,000.00 annually
Farragut $200/month
Chattanooga $170,537.00 annually
Sparta $400/month
Elizabethton $15,500.00 annually
Maryville $900/month
Lawrenceburg $12,820.00 annually
Gallatin $70,000.00 annually


4. Are they permitted to participate in any of the following?

Organization Medical Dental Vision Other
Jackson Yes Yes Yes No
Columbia Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hendersonville Yes Yes Yes No
Cookeville Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kingsport No No No No
Cleveland Yes Yes Yes Yes
McMinnville No No No No
Crossville Yes No No No
Bartlett Yes Yes Yes Yes
Collierville Yes Yes Yes No
Farragut No No No No
Chattanooga Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sparta No No No No
Elizabethton No No No No
Maryville No No No No
Lawrenceburg Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gallatin Yes Yes Yes Yes

Organization Other
Columbia Life insurance at 1 times annual salary
Cookeville Optional
Cleveland Life and LTD
Bartlett Life
Chattanooga basic life and long term disability
Lawrenceburg Life, Cancer, Accident, Critical Illness, Short & Long-term Disability, 401K & 457B
Gallatin Position is an elected official with ability to enroll in all benefit programs.


If they participate, how much are they required to pay?

Organization Medical Dental Vision Other
Jackson 29% 34% 50%
Columbia 0 0 0 0
Hendersonville $845/month 0 0 n/a
Cookeville 0 0 0 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0
Crossville $0/individual; $369/month family
Bartlett 15% 15% 100% 0
Collierville $190 month $57.86 month $15.36 month
Chattanooga 20% 100% 100% City paid
Lawrenceburg $203.76 per month for Family Coverage Free for Judge & $66.88 per month for Family $27.76 per month for Family Free Life Insurance $30,000


Contact Information:

Name Organization City Population # of employees Contact number
Lynn Henning City of Jackson
65,000
711
731.425.8252
Connie Etzkin City of Columbia
36,000
386
931.560.1565
Peter Voss City of Hendersonville
58,000
350
615.590.4604
Gail Fowler City of Cookeville
31,154
425
931.520.5256
George DeCroes City of Kingsport
53,000
800
423.224.2448
Jeff Davis City of Cleveland
42,300
320
423.559.3313
Jennifer Rigsby City of McMinnville
13,900
152
931.473.1209
Leah Crockett City of Crossville
11,000
170
931.456.5681
Ted Archdeacon City of Bartlett
58,800
716
901.385.6430
Cindy Greer Town of Collierville
49,000
544
901.457.2290
Janet Curry Town of Farragut
22,676
50
865.966.7057
Kendal Helms City of Chattanooga
173,400
2,378
423.643.7216
Lorie S. Jeffries City of Sparta
5,000
80
931.836.3248
Angie Lyons City of Elizabethton
14,700
260
423.547.6248
Teresa Best City of Maryville
28,000
311
865.273.3428
Doug Edwards City of Lawrenceburg
15,400
131
931.762.4459


Thank you for completing this survey.