Pitt Co. commissioners delay budget amid Sheriff’s Office pay issues

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Pitt County commissioners delayed passing a budget Tuesday after residents demanded deputies and detention center employees get paid the money they’re owed.

Just a week ago, Sheriff Neil Elks requested more than $346,841.41 in holiday and comp pay for his workers.

Commissioners made clear they want deputies and detention center employees to receive their payments as soon as possible.

However, they cautioned to wait for the county to receive its fund balance towards the end of the summer before taking action.

The county’s expected to exceed its fund balance goal and have leftover money, and commissioners said one of their top priorities for the money is to fund the holiday and comp time.

Commissioner Mark Owens is also calling for county manager Scott Elliott to look at pay raises and changes to how holiday and comp pay is distributed.

“I’m concerned that it hadn’t been paid previously,” Owens said. “Maybe it’s the management somewhere, wherever it falls, sheriff, us or whatever, that it ought to have been paid when it was earned.”

County manager Scott Elliott told 9 On Your Side Monday most county employees don’t receive their comp and holiday pay until after they leave their position.

At tonight’s meeting, he seemed open to giving deputies and detention center employees the pay sooner.

“Fiscally, if you can pay it, yeah it does make sense to pay it earlier rather than later because you’re going to pay more later rather than early”

Pitt County commissioners will meet again Monday, and if they don’t pass a budget then, commissioners will need to hold a special meeting to pass it before the end of the month.

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