Throughout the budget process, the Woodbury County Sheriff's Department, and county supervisors were often at odds over spending.
But, Tuesday, they were able to find common ground.
That's after an attorney went before the board to advise the board to change the contract language regarding "shift differential" for correctional officers.
About a month ago, the sheriff's department switched from three shifts to two shifts in the jail. The "shift differential" allows those employees working from 6:00 pm to 6:00am to make 45-cents more per hour than those working the day shift. Sheriff Dave Drew said this will save the county a few thousand dollars. And, the new shift allows them to adequately staff the jail. "I think what it is is good negotiations between the union and the sheriff, discussing how we can better have personnel in the jail," Drew said.
Drew said most of the employees seem to like the new schedule, which gives correctional officers three-day weekends every other weekend. "To make it as a true team, we wanted to make sure everybody was equal. And, by equalizing it, you gave everybody every other weekend off, and I think it's just fair for all," Drew said.
Within the next week, or so, Drew says he plans to bring another plan to the county board that could save the county about $15,000.
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