Woodward, Okla. —
County officers reviewed and suggested changes to the 2012 to 2013 Employee Personnel Policy Handbook during a county commission meeting Monday.
None of the changes were officially approved Monday, as county commissioners plan to review the handbook with the recommended revisions again next week on Aug. 6.
The handbook is a set of rules county employees must abide by which is set forth by the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma and the State Auditor's Office.
County officers present to discuss the handbook included the board of commissioners, Clerk Charolett Waggoner, Treasurer Sonya Coleman, Assessor Mistie Dunn, Sheriff Gary Stanley, and Court Clerk-elect Tammy Roberts.
Vacation and Sick Leave
The officers discussed vacation leave which will now be accrued monthly rather than at an hourly rate. Also, sick leave will be tracked per hour rather than by days or half days.
Tommy Roedell, District No. 1 county commissioner, said using this method of sick leave will allow the county to keep better track of how much sick leave an employee is using. For instance, if an employee goes to see the doctor for 2 hours and comes back to work, it will be better documented, he said.
Currently, county employees are allowed 45 days of sick leave (360 hours) to carry over and 5 days (40) hours of vacation time to carry over.
The officers are proposing to change the handbook so employees will have 480 hours of accumulated sick leave and 120 hours of accumulated vacation leave, less than the Association of County Commissioners recommends, which is 720 hours of accumulated sick leave and 480 hours of accumulated vacation leave - the same as state employees.
County officials felt the recommended numbers were too high for their budget.
Since vacation time will begin to accrue monthly, once the handbook is reviewed again and approved commissioners agreed the policies would then go into effect on Sept. 1, 2012.