An unauthorized bonus for Carter County's planning director is still stirring controversy. Three months after he received the bonus and was asked to give it back, he hasn't. "I've never seen as much corruption and politics now than in my 75 years," said one resident who only identified himself...
The county commission repeatedly rejected a bonus for Schuettler during the budget process, but Planning Commission Chair Jerry Pearman wrote a letter to Finance Director Brad Burke asking for the money. Burke signed off on a direct deposit even though the full commission never approved it.
"Pretty cut and dry," Burke said. "I approved the check to be issued and realized later on that I shouldn't have."
Schuettler has been asked by county leaders to give the bonus back, but three months later, he hasn't returned the money.