The Lake County Commission has approved a policy change regarding employees’ holiday premium pay and overtime compensation.  Commissioners discussed the policy again during their meeting Tuesday after delaying a decision from a previous meeting.  

Commission Administrative Officer Shelli Gust said then that the county’s personnel policy committee met and discussed the change in policy to count hours that employees work on a holiday toward the total hours worked for overtime purposes.  She said this primarily affects the Sheriff’s Office, Jail, Dispatch, and the Highway Department on rare occasions. 

Commissioners Tuesday approved the change and voted to count hours worked on a holiday towards hours worked for the purposes of overtime and to amend the county employee handbook to reflect the change.  The change is effective January 1st. 

Also on Tuesday, commissioners approved allowing county employees to take a full day holiday on Christmas Eve, December 24th instead of the half day that they were scheduled to have.  Commissioners discussed the change based on information that state employees had been given the same holiday time by the governor. 

Gust also informed commissioners that two members of the county’s Planning Commission will not be renewing their terms at the end of the year. She said that Gene Anderson and Doug Jerlow will be stepping down from the board.  Gust said that she will start the interest application process.  She said applications will go to Zoning Officer Mandi Anderson and then to the Planning Commission for them to make a recommendation on who should fill the vacancies.  Gust said that she hopes to have the Planning Commission’s recommendations for new members by the county commission’s January 19th meeting.