DeKalb clarifies leave policy

The county approved that change last June as a way to control costs after seeing high payouts during a major staff reduction. The county had allowed any leave over 480 hours to be converted to sick leave at the end of each year. That time could then be applied to years of service for payouts.

Some police officers in the county have been the most vocal critics of the change. They argue that workers with 25 years’ experience now only accrue 27 days of vacation time, versus the previous 30 days.

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