County adopts new personnel policies

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The Madison County Commissioners’ Court on Monday approved changes to the county personnel policy, most notably how the county handles emergency closings, such as in the case of drastic weather events.

Administrative leave will be granted to employees in cases of weather events, such as the recent hurricane that devastated the Houston area, according to County Treasurer Judi Delesandri.

“What we’re saying is the county will allow leave for employees due to inclement weather, but for those people that do come to work, they will be given comp time,” she said.

Delesandri said she has done two years of work on the policy, meeting with county personnel and the Texas Association of Counties for input on changes.

New things include policies on social media, personnel records, dress codes, workplace violence, whistleblowing, licensing and certificates and rehires.

“These had never been addressed in the old manual, but were recommended to be added,” Delesandri said.

The additions, while not discussed specifically, were based on samples provided by TAC, she said.

Also, the salary committee which deals with disputes and changes has been reinstated.

Commissioners approved the changes, without the presence of County Judge C.E. McDaniel, who was absent.

In other business, the county:

•approved a change to fees of $10 for the District Clerk, to be used for archiving;

•approved a lease with Texas Document Solutions for a copier for the District Attorney’s Office;

•approved a contract with the Bedias Creek Soil and Water Conservation District for technical aid, which is done annually;

•approved a holiday schedule, which will give county employees two days off at Christmas;

•approved the schedule for Commissioners’ Court meetings for the 2018 fiscal year; and

•approved a budget of $567,899 for the Madison County Appraisal District.

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