Saturday, August 27, 2011

Veteran MCSO deputy suspension excessive

Let me get this straight.

Lt. John Murrell, perhaps one of the community’s most visible deputies in the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, worked more than 52 hours of overtime over a 16-month period, but didn’t put in for it.

So he gets suspended for three weeks.


That sort of thing --- working OT and not claiming it on one’s time card --- has become part and parcel of having a steady job and wanting to hang onto it in this lousy economy.

It might even earn you a plaque from the company for dedication and devotion and all that.

Not a three-weeks suspension without pay.

What's the expression?

No good deed goes unpunished.

I realize the MCSO has to operate within certain rules and regulations, and it behooves it to avoid entanglements with federal labor officials.

But this is overkill.
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