by Kayla Carter
In separate votes, 911 Board, County Commission each agree to pay half of $60,000
The Unicoi County 911 Board and the County Commission, meeting separately Monday night, each agreed to take responsibility for half of a $60,000 settlement plan to be presented by the county attorney.
The county was sued by 911 dispatch employees for unpaid overtime that was the result of working scheduled 12-hour shifts. Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch asked the 911 Board consider the total amount of $60,000, which Doug Shults, county attorney, had requested to present at the settlement hearing.
By the end of the meeting, the board approved paying half of the amount, with one dissenting vote from Erwin Vice Mayor Glenn Tilson. At the commission meeting that followed, upon Commissioner Mickey Hatchers motion, the County Commission unanimously approved to offer up to $30,000 toward settlement of the pending 911 lawsuit.
For the remainder of this article please pick up the April 24, 2012 edition of The Erwin Record.