Pueblo County sheriff clears labor audit
Responding to deputy complaints about overtime, wage compensation and a new work schedule, the federal Department of Labor has cleared the Pueblo County sheriff of any violations.
The sheriff’s office was audited in July.
Interviews were conducted with civilians, deputies in the law enforcement and detention divisions and with management.
Auditors reviewed policies and procedures, time sheets and accounting documents.
“The sheriff’s office is performing well and has not violated any labor laws,” according to a sheriff press release.
Taylor said the audit came about from complaints from some employees about the 28-day work schedule the office implemented in 2011.
“I had some complaints when I went to the schedule and it was just the right thing to do,” Taylor said.
Taylor scrapped the traditional 40-hour work week for the 28-day model, adopted from other law enforcement agencies.
Taylor said that alleviated overtime costs and increased deputy coverage in patrol and detention.
“With this schedule, we’re able to flex folks out and give them time off in lieu of giving them overtime. Overtime was killing us. There are times when they can still get overtime. I was hoping to soften that by giving them shift differential pay and pay for (instructing) training (classes) which they didn’t have before,” Taylor said.