Kirkpatrick, Pearson decline salary increases Posted in: News Two Van Zandt County elected officials made a joint announcement Sept. 30 declining their three percent salary increases in the recently approved 2020-21 budget that went into effect Oct. 1. VZC Judge Don Kirkpatrick and VZC Pct. 3 Commissioner Keith Pearson signed affidavits declining their three percent salary increases. All VZC elected ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!