County em­ploy­ees to get ex­tra hol­i­day

The Covington News - - LOCAL - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­news.com

New­ton County em­ploy­ees will re­ceive 12 paid hol­i­days, not 11 as in years past, off work next year.

The Board of Com­mis­sion­ers voted on July 17 to add Good Fri­day back to a list of planned hol­i­days pre­sented by Chair­man Keith El­lis. The day was elim­i­nated from the list of 11 hol­i­days be­cause Christ­mas falls on a Thurs­day this year. By mov­ing the date to Dec. 26, em­ploy­ees would have a longer Christ­mas break, El­lis said, and not have to come in on a day when noth­ing re­ally hap- pens any­way.

But Com­mis­sioner John Dou­glas said em­ploy­ees should have Good Fri­day off. He asked how much it would cost to add a 12th hol­i­day.

Tom Gar­rett, the county’s as­sis­tant man­ager, said there would be no ad­di­tional cost to the county. Emer­gency work­ers who work hol­i­days get an­other day off in ex­change.

The com­mis­sion­ers voted unan­i­mously to add the ex­tra date.

County hol­i­days this fis­cal year in­clude: July 4, La­bor Day, Vet­er­ans Day (Nov. 11), Thanks­giv­ing, the day af­ter Thanks­giv­ing, Christ­mas Eve (half day), Christ­mas Day, the day af­ter Christ­mas, New Year’s Day, MLK Day, Good Fri­day (April 3) and Memo­rial Day.

Ear­lier in July, the com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a bud­get for the com­ing year giv­ing most county em­ploy­ees merit raises based on years of ser­vice. For em­ploy­ees hired in 2008 or ear­lier, the raises could reach 2 per­cent. Those hired be­tween 2009 and 2011 could re­ceive up to 1 per­cent in raises. The in­crease does not ap­ply to those hired af­ter 2011.

Also, the bud­get elim­i­nated five fur­lough days em­ploy­ees had to take last year.

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