Judge asks county to reconsider furloughs

Judge John Salter pleaded with Dougherty County Commission Finance Committee to not furlough his employees in the upcoming budget.

County leaders are considering 12 unpaid furlough days beginning July 1 for most employees.

Salter said he is required by law to keep court open five days per week and would have to violate state law if he cut a week short.

He offered to find ways to save money beside the furloughs, even if those efforts "cost me my job at the next election."