Commissioners decline paying sick leave to former employees

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 06:08 PM.

“You are the board, and you can do what you want, they’re your policies,” Goodman said. Going by policy, however, neither employee would qualify to be paid for their unused sick leave.

“My point is that two people lost their careers for budget cuts,” Abbott said.”

“We have followed county procedure correctly,” said Board Chairman Alan Bush. “What we are discussing is whether to change the policy or stick with it.”

“If there were any way under the system we could have called it, I would have,” Goodman said. “My job is to call it a ball, strike or an out, and there was only one way I could call this one.”

The board split 3-2 on the issue, with Commissioners Lynn Gothard, Bush and Charles Brock voting against paying the sick leave, while Abbott and Joel Pate voted in favor of the motion.

The board was also denied a request from the Washington County Tourist Development Council to provide a vehicle and credit card for TDC Executive Director Heather Lopez.

County Coordinator David Corbin told the board that he had met with Lopez and TDC member Scott Sweeney and the TDC was requesting a vehicle for Lopez to use to travel to various events on behalf of the county.

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