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Horsley Won't Take a Supervisor Salary After All

'I made a commitment to forego the salary, and I will keep that commitment.'

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Don Horsley - just sworn in as president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors this past week - has issued a statement indicating he has decided to forego a salary after all.

Previously, after indicating he would forego the $120,000-per-year supervisor salary during his campaign for election, and then going without pay for two years, Horsley announced recently that his family's financial situation had changed and he would begin collecting the salary this year, on top of the $215,000-per-year pension he receives as the county's former sheriff.

The decision met with a bit of an outcry from county voters, some of whom said they felt cheated since his decision to forego the salary was part of the reason they voted for him. Some even suggested he should be recalled for going back on his campaign promise.

The San Jose Mercury News quoted parts of Horsley's statement Saturday.

"I made a commitment to forgo the salary, and I will keep that commitment," the statement said.

The Mercury said Horsley was refusing interviews, and would not comment on what made him change his mind about taking the salary.

What do you think of Horsley's change of heart? Tell us in the comments.

Dan Oates January 15, 2013 at 07:23 AM
No Michael, I have not seen him or contacted in any way regarding this matter I no longer live in the area. This was only an observation based on years of working for the man. Thank you for asking, it was a considerate response to my comment.
CP January 18, 2013 at 07:13 AM
Kudos to all of those citizens, and the press, for keeping the pressure on until Supervisor Horsley kept his campaign promise. Thank you!!
Palomar Parkman January 18, 2013 at 02:47 PM
But Horsley did take $18K+ in salary that started drawing a salary last year before he even announced his intent to do so. I've seen nothing that has stated he has given that money back! As a county with a population almost as large as San Francisco (or Alaska) we deserve better government than this.
Michael G. Stogner January 18, 2013 at 04:25 PM
I am confident Supervisor Horsley will do the right thing regarding his taking $18,616.32 of county funds. He currently is in a Lock Down mode of no comment on this subject. He is refusing to speak to any reporter and if you look carefully you will see he didn't make the comment on the 11th. Chris Hunter did. A reporter tried to confirm his own statement of long term medical care for a relative as his excuse for breaking his promise. He told the reporter that subject was personal, he added "I have a mother in law, I have paid for medications." I'm not sure that equals long term medical care.
CP January 18, 2013 at 07:26 PM
re: Palomar Parkman's comment: "We deserve better", yes, I agree. Why are the Supervisors so afraid of Pine's proposal for a "Whistleblower award fund"? Makes you wonder. The benefit to the public is high vs. cost, and cost is small relative to total budget (unless there is soooooo much bad stuff going on that we are afraid we will go bankrupt paying whistleblowers!).

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