County Officials Call Out Sick

Nine of the 12 employees with the Wichita County District Clerk's office did not show up to work Wednesday.  Many believe they were making a statement.

Newschannel 6 uncovered the possible reason why the nine women coincidentally decided to call in sick on the same day.

"Basically, my employees called in sick today," said Wichita County District Clerk, Patti Flores.

Coincidence? Maybe, but Flores thinks otherwise.

"I know they're frustrated.  I know they're upset.  I know what they're trying to do, I commend them.  They're hard working people it's the best staff I have had since I've taken office," said Flores.

Flores believes the reason nine women within her office called in sick on Wednesday, has to do with wanting a pay raise.

Tuesday, during a Wichita County Commissioner's meeting, two employees of the courthouse not within the District Clerk's office received a raise.

According to the minutes of Tuesday’s meeting it states: “Wichita County Commissioners have approved the increase in salary for Mitzi Brotherton to $50,762.76 effective October 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 with an increase to $52,793.27 effective July 1, 2016*.  *And to approve an increase in salary for Anayel Aviles to $41,573.00 effective October 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 with an increase to $43,785.64 effective July 1, 2016*”.

"I know what they're doing.  I don't know if it will make a difference.  What is probably driving them is the fact that in 2015 some offices received raises.  Our office, we gave up a position and I did get to realign my office and take that position and give my girls raises.  Well this year, they're cutting my employees out of the 4-percent raise.  Other offices also received extra money in 2015 and are still going to receive the 4-percent pay raise; my girls are not," said Flores.

Flores has been with the Wichita County, District Clerk's Office for 32 years.  She said she has fought and fought for her employees to get this 4-percent raise, but hasn't had any luck.

"It has not worked out.  They will not get their 4-percent.  With people going before the Commissioners Court and saying I'm going to quit if I do not get a raise, I don't know.  I don't know what to do," said Flores.

Flores also said Wednesday, she has had to re-learn a lot of work because of the nine being absent, however, she said she's lucky it wasn't too busy.

Flores hopes the nine women absent on Wednesday will return to work on Thursday.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6