45 Minutes Extra Duty Adds Up For Taxpayers

Forty five minutes of extra duty over the years may cost Sarpy County taxpayers $167,000.

Starting in the 1980's, 14 Captains & Lieutenants worked until the Sheriff's office closed at 4:45pm. That's 45 minutes beyond their quitting time. They could take comp time instead but many didn't. At the time there was no fair labor practice to cover the extra time.

A few years ago current Sheriff Jeff Davis discovered a change in labor laws so the command staff might be due back pay for those extra 45 minutes each worked during a shift. That lead to a lawsuit by The Fraternal Order of Police. A resolution for a settlement by the Sarpy County Board for about $167,000 is on the table.

The 14 commanders would receive back pay ranging from about $1,300 for two Lieutenants on the low end up to about $21,700 for a Captain. The wages are subject to taxes. The county would also pay $15,000 in attorney's fees.

The county board may vote on the settlement resolution Tuesday.

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