Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
January 18, 2013 8:30 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Some budget questions were clarified Thursday afternoon when Sheriff David Shaffer and Jan Wasiluk, administrative assistant, met with the board of commissioners.


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Two line items in question included inmate care on the jail’s budget and the law enforcement salaries on the sheriff’s budget.

Wasiluk explained employees can cash out unused vacation time during the pay period after their anniversary date.

“We had a line item where we had an excess amount of $18,000,” Wasiluk said. “We have a deputy or someone that was going to cash out; didn’t know if it was going to happen in December, didn’t know if it was going to happen next year. It amounted to $18,522 plus benefits of $4,000, that is why I did not deplete that line item.”

As part of the union contract, law enforcement officers are able to cash in unused vacation hours. Over $18,000 was paid out already in 2013 for such transactions. Shaffer said the option is used largely by detectives who state manpower and case investigations as reasons for not using all of their available vacation. Deputies and detectives are required to explain the reason for the unused portion of their vacation in writing.

Wasiluk said she usually sees two or three cashouts each year. So far, she has already processed three.

Commissioners questioned an excess of funds in the inmate care line. Wasiluk explained she believes that she is not permitted to move additional funds in, or take funds out, of the account. Those movements have to be approved by the commissioners.

“I understand that it has to be funded, but if you have excess money in there and you know you are not going to use it, I can’t believe you can’t transfer it,” said Roger Reed, commissioner.

“That’s something we’ve always had in there,” Wasiluk said.

Shaffer said the use of the fund strictly depends on the medical needs of the inmates.

Wasiluk said she questioned Knox County Auditor Jonette Curry regarding the account but Curry could not provide an answer. Roger Reed and Teresa Bemiller suggested they determine the rules for the account for future reference.

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