EDC contracts surface; no dollar amounts noted

First Byline: 
Susan C. Delk - Managing Editor

The missing employment contracts for the two fired Barnwell County Economic Development Commission workers surfaced after last week's The People-Sentinel's story about the missing contracts.
Marty Martin, the former EDC director, emailed a copy of the signed documents for him and Deputy Director Sonja Hiers to The People-Sentinel Thursday, Jan. 16.
The employment agreements are very similar and contain basically the same clauses. Yet, they do not specify any dollar amounts for those salaries.
However, Barnwell County Administrator Pickens Williams Jr. said Martin was receiving $93,735.19 each year as of Nov. 2013. The administrative assistant, Heirs, who became the Deputy Director sometime in the latter part of 2013, had a pay range of $32,767.51 - $45,875.01. (Per state law, the county is only required to provide a salary range for those making less than $50,000 per year.)
Under the salary and benefits section, the contract states, "The employer shall pay the Director ... at an annual base salary equal to the Director's salary as of Nov. 19, 2013," which is the effective date of the contract.
The term of the agreement is for 60 months from the effective date and contains a "termination without cause" clause.
It says if the director/deputy director is terminated "without cause" the EDC will pay: "a) the greater of salary for; (i) for the remainder of the term and (i) two and one-half years and (b) pay all unused sick and vacation leave accured at the time of termination without cause."
The minimum payout would equal to no less than $632,513.50.