Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on February 14, 2013 @ 7:56PM
Created on February 14, 2013 @ 5:43PM
For the past few weeks, elected officials in Upshur County have been asking commissioners to credit them sick leave they've earned.
On Thursday, they decided to grant most of them that request, but they also decided to change the way they make policies in the future.
Commissioners said this request came about because of a misunderstanding of the policy. That's why they've decided that from now on, they'll be taking extra steps to make sure all county employees understand any changes to the policy manual.
Anytime a policy is changed in the manual, commissioners will ask all employees to sign a document stating they understand and have read the changes. They hope by doing this, issues won't come up years after these policies are made.
In the most recent case, the county clerk, assessor, former sheriff, and a magistrate all asked for sick leave time to be credited to their retirement.
The current policy said those officials had to claim the sick days 90 days after election. Because of the confusion, none of those officials had done that.
"When we talk about a policy when the county commission with the input of other elected officials, agree on a policy, then what we're going to do, we're going to ask them to sign an affidavit saying they received it, they understand it, and they'll comply with it. That way, there's no opportunity for someone to say they didn't know about it or they didn't understand it," said Commission President, Donnie Tenney.
The commissioners decided to credit the county clerk, assessor, and former sheriff of that sick leave. They also decided the magistrate's sick leave wouldn't be credited, but they did lock his time in so he wouldn't lose it in the future.
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