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Sheriff wanted extra six months for staff to use earned holiday time
The Frio County Sheriff’s Department will not be granted a six-month extension to use accrued vacation hours following a split decision vote by commissioners on Tuesday, January 30.
The agenda item, which had been tabled earlier in the month, was intended to allow sheriff’s department staff the opportunity to use all vacation time accrued, even those who had more than 40 hours.
According to county policy, an employee is allowed to carry over 40 hours of vacation time, but any amount in excess will be lost at the end of the calendar year.
“In regards to this decision on the sheriff’s office, we will abide by the decision of this court,” Frio County Sheriff Mike Morse said before commissioners voted on the agenda item.
“What is your plan to have them use this in the next six months if they cannot exhaust it within a year?” Pct. 2 Comm. Mario Martinez asked.
Chief Deputy Peter Salinas said there had been many discussions regarding a plan to use the accrued hours.
“The six months was a consideration,” County Judge Rochelle Camacho said. “Then we looked at the time frame and more hours accrued, so I am not going to look at anything more than the policy at hand. We cannot justify it; what we can do is revisit and see if we can formulate a policy that will benefit everybody.”
“As much as I do want to do this, as a commissioner I believe we need to abide by the policy across the board,” Pct. 3 Comm. Raul Carrizales said before casting his vote.
Pct. 4 Comm. Danny Cano moved to approve granting a six-month extension and was supported by Pct. 1. Comm. Joe Vela, but neither commissioners Carrizales, Martinez, nor Judge Camacho supported the motion.