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Agri-Center director asks supervisors for assistant

By Staff
HELP WANTED Rob Seal is executive director of the Lauderdale County Agri-Center on Highway 19 South. Seal asked the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors on Thursday to hire an assistant director to help operate the facility. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
July 2, 2004
Rob Seal says he's spent.
Executive director of the Lauderdale County Agri-Center since 2001, Seal has been running the facility on Highway 19 for two years without the help of an assistant.
The only help he has is a 20-hour-a week clerical worker and inmate crews from the Lauderdale County Detention Facility.
During last month's Clay Walker concert, Seal said he worked 22 hours straight. Between Jan. 1 and May 30, Seal worked 353 hours of unpaid overtime.
On Thursday, Seal asked the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors for help. In a work session at the Raymond P. Davis Courthouse Annex, Seal asked the board to advertise for an assistant director.
District 3 Supervisor Craig Hitt backed Seal's request.
The last assistant left two years ago, for another job, after working at the Agri-Center for only six months. Seal was promoted from assistant to director in 2001.
Supervisors are expected to advertise for the hire during Tuesday's regular meeting. The new assistant would begin work after Oct. 1 and be paid about $21,500 a year.
The only opposition came from District 5 Supervisor Ray Boswell. He said he doesn't doubt Seal needs help, he's just not sure the county has the money to pay for an assistant.
Boswell suggested a lower salary.
Seal said he needs a dependable right-hand.

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