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Sullivan Election Commission OKs paying $8,000 for 'comp' time

April 24th, 2012 9:34 pm by J. H. Osborne

BLOUNTVILLE — The Sullivan County Election Commission plans to spend an estimated $8,000 or so to pay off four full-time employees for accumulated “comp” time.

The group voted unanimously Tuesday to schedule payments to the employees for what Administrator of Elections Jason Booher said was about 640 hours total of compensatory time. Booher claimed “a lot” of “comp” time still is “on record” from elections four years ago.

Also unanimous: the group’s agreement to seek a written legal opinion from County Attorney Dan Street on the legality of the county’s “comp” time practices.

Election Commission Chairman James Holmes said the current process is too subjective and could leave employees too intimidated to speak up and demand payment — or time off — for amassed “comp” time.

And they added over $13,000 to their request for county funding for the upcoming year to cover up to 1,000 hours of overtime for those four workers.

Employers sometimes give “comp” time instead of overtime. Booher said the county’s employee handbook leaves it up to department heads whether to use “comp” time or overtime, either of which is earned at a rate 1.5 times that of regular hourly wages.

Read the expanded version of this report in the enhanced electronic or print editions of the Times-News.

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