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Forsyth County News
Forsyth County’s manager will be allowed to accrue and carry over additional compensatory time under changes approved Thursday night.

The county commission voted 5-0, with no public discussion, to amend the contract of Doug Derrer, who has held the post since March 2009.

Pat Carson, the county’s director of personnel services, said compensatory, or comp, time is accumulated for each hour a salaried employee works beyond 40 hours in a week.

Thursday’s decision, which was part of the consent agenda, increases the comp time Derrer can roll over each year to 480 hours, or 60 eight-hour work days.

Carson was out of her office Friday. As a result, she did not know how many hours Derrer was previously allowed or how many he had accrued.
Commission Chairman Charles Laughinghouse could not be reached Friday.

But leading up to the recent hire of Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt, Laughinghouse noted that Derrer was “getting worn out, literally.”
Commissioner Patrick Bell agreed.

“We went so long without a deputy county manager and [Derrer] was not able to take his comp time,” Bell said Friday. “We just felt it was fair.”

Most salaried employees can carry 80 hours of compensatory time over per year, with an option to request an extra 40 if they are unable to use it, Carson said.

Any time over that is not used by the May 31 deadline will not be redeemable.

“And when they leave, whatever that balance is, they lose it,” she said.

Carson said salaried employees cannot “cash in” their compensatory hours, but receive time and a half off time for each hour accrued. Those are paid as if they regularly worked the hours.

For civil service employees, the terms for compensatory hours are set by position.

But in the case of Derrer, a contracted employee, Carson said the commission has the authority to change the hours.

She said Derrer’s increase in maximum compensatory hours now matches that of law enforcement, employees who “put it a lot of different hours, a lot of different times.”

Derrer’s salary is $130,000 per year, with a one-year severance should he leave.