Opp ups police officers’ vacation

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Opp City Council this week cleaned up its employee vacation and holiday pay for dispatchers and police officers.

Currently police officers and dispatchers work 12-hour shifts, while all other city employees work eight-hour shifts.

Opp Mayor John Bartholomew said that before the resolution was passed that police officers were only paid for eight hours and would have to use four more hours of leave to get their 12 hours for their birthday holiday.

Now, 12-hour employees will be paid 12 hours, at their normal rate of pay, Bartholomew said.

The resolution changed the accrual rate for police officers and dispatchers to five hours per month for employees who have worked zero to five years; 10 hours per month for employees who have worked five to 10 years and 15 hours per month for those who have more than 10 years.

“Leave accrued by a new employee between his or her date of hire and Sept. 30 of each year will be posted for use on Oct. 1, but the employee shall not be able to use the posted leave until he/she has completed one year of service,” the resolution read.

Councilwoman Mary Brundidge, who worked at the OPD, said she fully supports the resolution.

Councilman Arlin Davis abstained.

-Kendra Bolling