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.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.