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Courthouse bomb scare creates flap over lost wages

April 2nd, 2014 - 5:39am

(Port Angeles) – Last Friday's bomb threat at the Clallam County Courthouse resulted in a ripple this week with at least one elected official.

County Treasurer Selinda Barkhuis has sent a series of emails to county employees over the past few days demanding the county pay all the hourly workers who left early after the threat and the courthouse was evacuated Friday afternoon.

Yesterday Barkhuis brought her demands to county commissioners, loudly criticizing county administrator Jim Jones for the decision.

Jones says the county has a protocol in place for similar situations and in this case, employees that chose to go home early would not be paid for the time not at the courthouse on “stand by”.

Jones says he informed employees that they could leave with their supervisor's permission. But if they did, they would have to “charge back” the hours to the county.

Jones says the administrator has the authority to make decisions in cases like this.

Barkhuis wanted commissioners to approve a resolution authorizing payment of the non-worked hours, they did not take up the resolution.

Barkhius indicated she was not pleased by what she regarded as a "non-decision" by the commissioners on the issue.

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