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Deputies’ comp time agreement reached

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors voted February 4 to authorize county administrator Matt Walker to execute an agreement with several county deputies, which releases the sheriff from any liability for unpaid wages under the United States Fair Labor Standards Act.

The agreement restores accrued comp time to deputies still under the employment of the sheriff’s office, and reimbursement of that comp time to two deputies who have left the force. Deputies still on the force will have four years to use up all unpaid comp time that has been accrued.

This agreement is in response to a complaint filed in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond on February 28, 2013. Three former deputies sued Middlesex County Sheriff David Bushey for comp time compensation. The deputies received a total of $17,000 between them.

Assistant county administrator Marcia Jones said that two additional checks have been authorized to be written to the other two deputies who are no longer on the force but entitled to reimbursement.

Although current Middlesex Sheriff David Bushey was named the defendant in the case, the suit only involves comp time accrued during the administration of former sheriff Guy Abbott.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 02.19.2014

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