Hamilton County District Attorney married employee, hired brother-in-law

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / District attorney Neal Pinkston speaks with members of the media during a press conference at the corner of S. Willow Street and E. 18th Street in Chattanooga on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
photo Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / District attorney Neal Pinkston speaks with members of the media during a press conference at the corner of S. Willow Street and E. 18th Street in Chattanooga on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston came under scrutiny Wednesday for apparently marrying an employee and hiring her brother.

During a routine budget hearing, in which departments and agencies of the Hamilton County government present their budget requests to the county's board of commissioners, Pinkston presented a request for a pay increase for some of his employees.

"It is an increase for what's called experienced service credits," Pinkston said, asking for a 4% increase to provide higher wages for his county-funded prosecutors and criminal investigators to match those in his office whose pay is funded by the state.