(Orange, Texas)

October 16, 2013

Commissioners make offer to Sheriff Union

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The ball is in the Sheriff Union’s court now.

The Orange County Commissioners made an offer to the Orange County Sheriff Union to avoid arbitration.

“We want to avoid arbitration which is at the cost of the citizens in the county,” County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said Monday.

The commissioners offered the cost of dependent insurance to be the same as the rest of the county employees. Currently the sheriff office employees pay 40% while the other county employees pay 60.

Sick leave buy-back would be discontinued and holiday pay would no longer count as hours worked for calculating overtime pay.

The commissioners also offered to pay for a total of one certificate, 10 instructor, and 17 SWAT. Under the current agreement, at least one individual in the Sheriff’s Office receives compensation for four certificates.

The agreement is for a one year contract with a 30-day evergreen clause.

“The contract would only be good for 30 days if an agreement is not reached,” Thibodeaux said. “The offer is to be presented to the Sheriff Union representatives Monday afternoon. Now to see if we can move forward.”