The DeKalb County Commission voted Sept. 14 to restore pay to employees – mostly police officers and firefighters – who will have to work on the holidays remaining this year. However, those employees will still have to take four furlough days before the end of the year.
The commission’s action was a move to address the low morale that has plagued the Police Department and led to an estimated $3 million drop in traffic ticket revenue.
As part of a budget reduction this year, the commission cut holiday pay for all county employees. That cut, however, did not consider DeKalb’s 1,070 police officers and 770 firefighters who either work or are on call on holidays.
The public safety employees therefore ended up working holidays and not getting paid, while other employees got an unpaid day off.