Politics & Government

Houston County gives its employees two extra days off

PERRY -- Houston County commissioners Tuesday gave employees an early Christmas present.

The board voted unanimously to give county workers two extra days off during the holidays. Ordinarily employees would be off on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

But this year Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on Thursday, so commissioners decided to extend the merriment by also giving employees the day off on the Friday following both holidays.

“We’ve got the best employees of anywhere in the state, and they certainly deserve the extra holidays,” Commissioner Jay Walker said.

The county has 685 full-time employees.

Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said the county used to give employees gift certificates at Christmas, but in a money-saving move the county instead decided a few years ago to offer the extra days off when Christmas or New Year’s fell during the middle of the week.

Employees such as sheriff’s deputies and water department personnel who work during holidays will get those extra days off some other time.

Also Tuesday, the commission voted to accept a judge’s consent order that settled a dispute about a home business.

The issue stemmed from a request by attorney Randolph Wynn Sr. to operate his law business out of his home, County Attorney Tom Hall said. Hall said the request was denied because Wynn would have clients coming to his home, which isn’t allowed under the ordinance.

However, Hall said the county learned Wynn was operating out of his home anyway and the county sought a court order for him to stop. The order states that Wynn can finish up any cases but must cease to operate out of the home by the end of the year. The home is on Winchester Lane.

Hall said both parties agreed to the order, which amounts to a settlement of the case.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.