Commissioners Vote Against Holiday Pay for Lawson

Starke County Commissioners unanimously agreed not to pay a former sheriff’s department employee holiday pay to which he claims he is entitled. Ron Lawson contends he is owed for 15 holidays, based on the county policy manual. However, sheriff’s department employees are not covered by the county’s manual, and a memo from then-Sheriff Bob Sims dated July 28, 1999, states that if a holiday falls on an employee’s day off and not be eligible for holiday pay. Lawson’s attorney Todd Wallsmith hinted broadly that he was willing to negotiate a settlement for his client through a mediator, but the commissioners opted instead not to pay.