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July 24, 2012

Jail scheduling change looks to save OT costs

By LIBBY CLUETT | lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com

PALO PINTO – Palo Pinto County Commissioners Court delayed their meeting until Monday afternoon so they could pay their respects earlier in the day to Jess Ragle, the deceased son of Precinct 2 Commissioner Louis Ragle. A quorum of three members convened business and approved several changes related to law-enforcement, including a new, cost-saving change in jail scheduling.

Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Sudderth and Record’s Clerk Angela Bryant presented a recent change in schedules for jail detention staff that will likely save the county 1,040 hours overtime, which could translate into a savings of approximately $16,000 annually, according to County Auditor Sharon Allen.

Commissioners approved a 207K overtime exemption, which is available to law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services under the state’s Fair Labor Standards Act. Instead of the two 42-hour weeks detention staff were working per pay period, with a total of four hours of overtime, the jail has changed to a 14-day work period in which staff will work up to 86 regular-pay hours before overtime accrues.

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