The Odessa Board of Aldermen approved a payout for accrued employee sick leave at their meeting on Monday night. Click to hear KMZU’s Chris Clift talk with Mayor Justin Murry:
“The city had a large number of sick leave hours that needed to be dealt with,” Murry said. “We had discussions on different ways to get it cleared off the books. The quickest and easiest, because we were able, was to pay it out in a percentage. If [employees] were to leave and retire, they would get it as a 25-percent payout.”
Murry cast the deciding vote that set the payout at thirty percent. “I believe most of the employees showed up to work on days they were probably sick. They didn’t take time off and they were giving their time to the city. They could have been using that time and they weren’t. I felt it was appropriate for us to give some of that money back that they earned and accrued as a benefit from the city,” Murry said.
Paying for the accumulated sick leave will cost Odessa about $20,000. Murry said employees should see that money in the next few weeks.