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Heltsley Votes “NO” on Deputy Raises in a Political Move…

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On September 12, 2013


Sheriff’s Deputy Pay Raise Vote

Election Season has started for some Edgar County officials, take Mike Heltsley’s comments during the September county board meeting as an example. In what appears to be a purely political move in a failed attempt at casting the current Sheriff, Ed Motley, in bad light with his Deputies, Heltsley attempted to pursuade other board members to vote down the proposed pay raise for the Deputies.

Heltsley – the only “NO” vote

By attempting to place the blame squarely on Motley’s head, Heltsley’s failed attempt resulted in him being the only county board member to vote “NO” on the raise. Before the vote, he claimed current lawsuits could put the county in a financial bind, and those suits dealt with the Sheriff and his suit with Burgin and Hopper. He failed to mention the other suits the county is involved in, but nevertheless, it was an attempt at upsetting our hard working deputies, trying to make the sheriff the reason, and trying to force the sheriff to put Burgin and Hopper back on the department. Heltsey’s comments proved beyond a doubt that he has an axe to grind and there is no level too low for him to go.

Keep in mind this had absolutely nothing to do with whether or not the deputies were deserving of a raise, it was a childish move by Heltsey, putting the livelyhood and financial well-being of county employees below his own self-serving purpose just prior to an election. He threw them under the bus for personal reasons.

“The Vote”

The remainder of the board did what was right, they voted in favor of the pay raise for our deputies.

Mike Heltsey was the only board member with a “NO” vote. Mike, you are a failure!

Here is his phone number (unless he changed it) if you would like to call to express your “gratitude” for his vote…

Mike Heltsley – 812-208-4781

…makes you proud, don’t it…?






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  • Melanie Lynn Butler
    Posted at 07:54h, 12 September

    Sure is

  • Edgar County Watchdogs
    Posted at 08:17h, 12 September

    Maybe his hates Edgar County and Illinois so much he uses an Indiana phone number so people won’t know where he’s from …

  • Del Pufahl
    Posted at 10:32h, 12 September

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  • Judy Pufahl
    Posted at 10:32h, 12 September

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  • Joe Frigge
    Posted at 10:57h, 12 September

    It must be a long way, since it is necessary for him to take a nap while he is at the county Board meetings

  • Joe Frigge
    Posted at 11:32h, 12 September

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  • Donna Stiff
    Posted at 13:47h, 12 September

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  • fred
    Posted at 18:35h, 12 September

    he has a right to vote no if he wants you on the other hand cant

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 20:40h, 12 September

      Nobody said he didn’t have the right to vote anyway he wants to vote. It is also his right for every citizen to know how he voted and the reasons behind that vote. We are helping him inform the citizens LOL…Don’t worry, the full video of that meeting will be online within the next couple of days…

      • fred
        Posted at 21:12h, 14 September

        lol but your the one who gets laughed about

        • jmkraft
          Posted at 21:22h, 14 September

          You must be hanging with the wrong croud…

  • facebook_joe.scheiner
    Posted at 09:44h, 17 September

    No he hadn’t read about it I am sure if he signs things he hasn’t read he votes for or against things he doesn’t know about. In his defense did anyone ask why he voted No? In addition to this why was it before the board? Is it annual review? Is their pay below comparable positions? Some additional information would be good with the story.