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Deputy proescutor may not get benefits

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

By ANDY MCCAMMON

tamccammon1@yahoo.com

Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger appeared before the Clay County Board of Commissioners Monday to request insurance benefits for Kim Jackson, the county's newly-appointed chief deputy prosecutor.

Reberger said past chief deputy prosecutors, including Erik "Chip" Allen and Bob Pell, did not receive benefits from the county, opting instead to use their spouses' insurance plans or derive benefits from another source.

"She was the first to inquire about benefits," he said.

Board members asked for documentation of Jackson's work schedule to verify her status as a full-time employee. State requirements dictate that an employee must work 30 hours per week to be considered full-time; Reberger said Jackson works four seven-hour shifts each week, but is always on call and regularly comes in on off-days.

Most of the chief deputy prosecutor's salary is paid back to the county through federal reimbursement programs or covered by deferral funds (revenue derived from traffic tickets and other infractions that carry a fine), but Reberger said he believes Jackson is a county employee and is entitled to the accompanying benefits.

"What we're trying to pull together now is the records to verify her hours," he said.



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