The Culver Town Council has agreed to pay police officers and EMS employees for unused holidays and vacation days. During last week’s meeting, Police Chief Wayne Bean explained that staffing issues have made it hard to provide coverage while still allowing officers to take time off. He didn’t think that carrying those days over into the new year would solve the problem. EMS Director Kathy Hart reported similar challenges.
Council members also agreed to give police and EMS employees the first two weeks in January to use up any holidays and vacation days remaining from this year. To make the payouts in January, the council may be asked to encumber some funds from this year’s budget.
Council President Ginny Bess Munroe noted that the police and EMS departments have faced similar challenges for the past couple years.