Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Grayson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday voted to increase the Grayson County Coroner's annual salary.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The Grayson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday voted to increase the Grayson County Coroner's annual salary.

The Grayson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday, May 1 voted to nearly double the Grayson County Coroner's annual salary.

The Fiscal Court held a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss the Grayson County Coroner's budget and salary, as well as to present the Court's proposed budget for the coming 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Grayson County Judge/Executive Kevin Henderson said Coroner Joe Brad Hudson requested a raise due to the volume of his annual calls' nearly tripling, from 40 to 50 calls per year to around 160.

Hudson currently makes $10,750 per year as Grayson County Coroner. Additionally, the Grayson County Coroner's Office's two deputy coroners make $5,374 per year each, Henderson said.

To fund Hudson's raise, the Fiscal Court opted to eliminate one of the deputy coroner positions and apply that $5,374 salary - plus an additional $5,000 - to the Grayson County Coroner's salary, said Henderson.

This raise will bring the Grayson County Coroner's annual salary to $21,124.

Grayson County Deputy Coroner Larry Holeman will continue in his position. The $5,374 deputy coroner salary to be applied to Hudson's salary will come from that of Deputy Coroner Howard Tomes, whom, officials say, would be retiring from his position.

Henderson said the Fiscal Court had looked into giving Hudson a raise last year, but that had to be postponed until this year because elected officials may only be given raises during election years.

In addition to approving Hudson's raise, the Fiscal Court also received copies of its proposed budget for the coming fiscal year to review before making a final decision on whether to approve it later this month.