||Mabank ISD buses to run late Monday morning
MABANKMabank ISD buses will run one hour late early Monday, Aug. 23, the first day
The late schedule Monday morning only is to avoid the anticipated traffic
congestion around MISD campuses.
Buses will run on their normal schedule Monday afternoon and the rest of the school year.
For more information, call (903) 880-1690.
Perk turned headache eliminated
County ends certificate pay program
By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff
ATHENSSo much for certificate pay.
By unanimous vote Tuesday, Henderson County Commissioners ended the practice of giving
extra pay to county employees with multiple Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers
Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) certificates.
Those already receiving certificate pay will continue to get the bonus; eligible employees
have until Sept. 1 of this year to turn in certificates to the County Treasurers
Office. No certificates will be accepted after that date.
Commissioners have been wrestling with the policy during budget workshops the past couple
of months, and debated its merits during a meeting in July.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence spearheaded a review of the policy, with the help
of county employees, and suggested its elimination. He said he approved of the program in
the beginning, but it has become a headache.
The policy went into effect in 2008, with the intent of rewarding well-trained, active law
enforcement personnel and to provide incentive for those employees to earn higher
Specifically, the policy called for additional pay for employees licensed with the
(TCLEOSE), who are actively engaged in non-clerical employment, who are performing law
enforcement duties, and who are non-elected officials and who have earned at least two
Eligible employees received an extra $500 annually for each additional certification after
their basic (first certification), up to a maximum of $1,500.
For the current budget cycle, the policy is costing $57,500 at the Sheriffs Office,
with $12,500 of that for detention personnel at the jail.
Officials say what started out as a well-intentioned perk turned into an administrative
and budgetary nightmare.
The problems are two-fold first, the policy was broadly written and eligibility was
left open for interpretation, allowing the number of participating employees to climb; and
second, keeping track of certifications and pay levels became difficult.
Commissioners looked at modifying the policy to limit the employees who could take
advantage of the additional pay, specifically listing: chief deputy, major, captain
(patrol, CID and communications), lieutenant (patrol), sergeant (patrol), deputy sheriff,
investigator, warrants deputy, special deputy, special assignment deputy, sergeant
(transport) and transport deputy.
That solution did not solve the administrative problems, however.
The fact that weve spent so much time on this shows that our original policy
was flawed, County Judge David Holstein said.
In other business, commissioners:
held public hearings on the 2011 archival policy for the County Clerk and District
The policies assign fees to certain actions, such as filing a lawsuit or filing cattle
brands. The money collected is used for records preservation.
The fees went into effect in the District Clerks Office just this year.
This is a very needful thing, District Clerk Becky Hanks told commissioners.
This is our history to me, it is very important to have these records
available to the public.
Teen faces burglary charge
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITYA 17-year-old youth was arrested and charged Wednesday, following an
investigation into a burglary on Ivy Lane in the Oak Ridge Shores addition near Gun Barrel
Daniel Scruggs was booked into the Henderson County Jail on two charges for burglary of a
building and theft of property $500-$1,500. He is being held on bonds totaling $8,000.
Deputy John Long answered the initial call July 31 and developed a theft report.
The complainant said someone had entered his storage building and removed several items
without his consent. He said he was also missing items from his yard.
Investigator Kendell Wellman developed information indicating that Scruggs was responsible
for both offenses.
Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Henry Ashford issued two warrants for Scruggs
Scruggs was found at his residence and transported to jail without incident.