No-show snow days get Ga. jail workers in trouble

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DECATUR, Ga.  — DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown says more than 170 workers in the sheriff's office could receive unpaid suspensions for two days for not showing up to work because of a snowstorm and icy roads.

Brown says he sent notices to more than 170 deputies and corrections officers.

The majority of the 170 didn't report on Jan. 10 and 11. Some were out as many as three days.

Brown says public safety employees have a burden to report to duty during times of emergency.

The employees have five days to make an appointment with the sheriff and explain why they could not come to work.

The 170 employees include deputies who were supposed to be on the road and correctional officers needed to secure the jail.


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Taylor B
Taylor B 01/21/11 - 03:28 pm
Wait, so for not showing up

Wait, so for not showing up to work, they get two days off? Genius!

MistaChuckD 01/21/11 - 03:58 pm
So because they were not able

So because they were not able to get to work during a time when most people in ATL were also not able to get to work, they are punished?

So does that mean if they had been injured attempting to get to work during that same time period, the sheriff's department would have compensated them?

dixiebelle30824 01/21/11 - 04:38 pm
These are the people that are

These are the people that are paid to protect us during is their JOB to protect us no matter what the weather outside is like.....they should have found some sort of way to get to their do you think the hopitals should have closed and everyone stay at home during this time too??????

ya-ya 01/21/11 - 05:10 pm
dixiebelle30824 you are

dixiebelle30824 you are right, hospitals can't shut down. There is a such thing as mission essential personnel and yes, police officers fall into that category as well as hospital staff. I am one of the unlucky essential personnel so I know first hand

fatboyhog 01/21/11 - 07:05 pm
Taylor, I'm sure that their

Taylor, I'm sure that their pay will be docked for two days. The days that they took off will be their "suspension" days.

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