Pulaski County Matron Carrie Aaron brought several transfers for the county council members to consider to help with paying the part-time officers to help with the shortage at the sheriff’s department.
At last week’s commissioner’s meeting, Aaron and Detective/Sergeant Jason Woodruff requested a one-time adjustment to the handbook policy to pay those officers with holiday pay with the exception of 24 hours for each employee, which was approved. All PTO will be paid down to 50 hours. Two officers from White County and an officer from the Logansport Police Department will be working as part-time officers. An additional officer will be hired on a part-time basis. They are being trained.
The transfers totaled $11,551.83, including a transfer of funds for the animal control officer. She is paid on an as-needed basis and she submitted hours to be paid. The transfer was approved by a 5-2 vote.
The matron also requested a waiver of the 90 percent probationary period for the hires of Jeff Richwine as a sergeant and Christopher Schram as a detective. Matron Carrie Aaron said they bring a great amount of experience to the department. Richwine would only be in the position until he moves into the sheriff’s position in January.
A motion was made for the request but it died for a lack of a second.