As of Friday, November 18, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County employees have something to be thankful for this holiday season.
Two furlough days scheduled for upcoming holidays will now be paid holidays, after commissioners found the money to balance the current year's budget.
"The morale of the employees could use a boost," said Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, talking about a rough year of economic instability and public chagrin over government, especially this Board of Commissioners, which was rocked by scandal. "Hopefully, this is a little bit of a sign of appreciation," from commissioners.
Earlier this year, officials approved four furlough days as cost-cutting measures, placing them on already scheduled days-off for holidays. Employees were not paid for Independence Day and Labor Day holidays, and were scheduled to have furlough days the day after Thanksgiving and the Friday before Christmas.
But Nash said there was enough savings found in the first two furlough days and a 90-day vacancy policy, which delays hirings after anyone resigns or retires from the county staff. The furlough days were expected to save at least $550,000 for each day.
"They had done the work and helped achieve those savings," County Administrator Glenn Stephens said of the work required by other employees to make up for the vacancies. "It was the right thing to do."