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Thursday, Dec 19 2013 02:18 PM

'First Look': Supervisor Maggard talks about KMC's highest paid employees, 2014 agenda

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    Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard tackled serveral topics on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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A Kern Medical Center orthopedic surgeon made about $1.04 million last year, making him the highest-paid county employee in California.

Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard shared his thoughts on that news.

"Is it a lot of money? Yes. Is it merited, I don't know yet, we need to find that out," Maggard said.

Maggard noted there aren't a lot of orthopedic surgeons in the community.

Simulcast host Scott Cox said that if the money wasn't as "good," many doctors would practice somewhere else.

So what's on the agenda for the Board of Supervisors next year?

"It's going to be action packed," Maggard said.

Maggard talked about choosing the chairman.

Starting in 2016, the chairman seat will go to the supervisor representing District 1 to District 5, in numerical order.

On the subject of animal control in Kern, Maggard said the number of animals at shelters has declined since the county and the city split their operations.

He said the community really came together when the "divorce" between the city and county happened earlier this year. Many pets were adopted or fostered.

For the first part of the year, Maggard said, he wants to engage local non-profits in coming together to offer spay/neuter programs for the community.


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