Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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ALBANY Dougherty County officials are recommending that the county change its personnel policy to reflect nine unpaid holidays as a cost-cutting measure.
The Dougherty County Commission's Finance Committee heard the recommendation from County Administrator Richard Crowdis Monday.
Under Crowdis' plan, employees would get three paid holidays — Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day — with nine unpaid holidays that include Independance Day and President's Day.
If this recommendation passes a Dougherty County Commission vote, the savings for the upcoming fiscal year would be $908,000, Crowdis said.
The suggestion comes as Dougherty County officials attempt to piece together a budget for FY 2013, which starts July 1.
Crowdis told the committee Monday that the holidays would be spread out so that no two holidays would end up in the same pay period.
The holidays are scheduled for days when most county government offices would be closed anyway; an attempt to avoid any disruption of service for the public.
As for law enforcement and public safety workers who would normally have to work a shift on one of the scheduled holidays, Crowdis said they would simply forgo the additional holiday pay they would typically get for working that day but would get paid for any time they work.
The county was poised to put in place an unpaid employee holiday plan last year but was spared the need to do so at the last minute when Phoebe renegotiated the terms of a medical service contract at the Dougherty County Jail, providing enough revenue for the county to offset the holidays.