Duval county's new clerk of courts says when it comes to bonuses for employees, he's going to do things a little differently than his predecessor.
Newly-elected clerk Ronnie Fussell, coming off a close win over Democratic opponent and former school board member Brenda Priestly-Jackson, says he doesn't think the current economy is conducive to handing out bonuses, even if it's been done in the past.
"At this time with people taking pay cuts and furloughs and those kind of things you can't move forward with any types of bonuses," said Fussell in an interview with WOKV.
He says there may be some employees who are upset with that decision, and that may decrease morale in the office, but Fussell says in the current economic state and with jobs scarce everywhere, they should be happy just to have work in the first place.
"Number one is you're thankful you got a job and if you're doing your job and you're doing it well you get to keep your job, but everybody has to understand exactly where we are and that those kind of practices at this time aren't going to be continued on."
Fussell didn't rule out the possibility of being able to give some bonuses in the future if the clerk's office finds it has extra money. For the time being, he says employees will have to make do with whatever bonus or incentive plan that may already be in place through the state.
Wednesday, WOKV learned from the city that outgoing clerk of courts Jim Fuller had retracted a request he put in to give $174,000 in bonus money to his employees. Fuller had said that money was saved in his budget and could be used for bonuses.