Citizens of Grandfield are concerned about compensation.
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) – Former city manager Randy Clark says several city employees came to him after he left office with concerns about whether or not they will be paid for vacation pay or extra time.
“This is a situation here, where these employees have not demanded payment for their compensation time on a monthly basis,” Clark said. “They understood that if they ever quit their jobs, they would be fully compensated for the compensation time they had earned.”
One in particular, former city clerk Cathy Grounds, said she quit her post due to job stress.
She asks not to be filmed, but her husband, Monty Grounds, said he asked the city treasurer several times about the late payment.}
“The new administration just decided to block everything, and the answer they give me is that they’re looking for it,” Grounds said. “But, the computer that is updated daily is what is saved.”
Grounds said she has yet to be paid approximately $9,000 in salary and vacation by the city.
Like other city employees, she believed she would receive her full salary when she left her position and demanded it in full.
“My understanding under federal law, that if a person has accumulated 100 hours of compensation time, that you cannot force that employee to go and take the time, you cannot do it.”
Current city official Curtis Whittington said he is aware of the situation and is working to resolve the issue.
“Record keeping, in that the computer program that keeps track of the time, calculates it, and advances it is not at all accurate,” Whittington said. “I’m not saying the added hours or duration are wrong, but when we try to do an audit, the numbers are different every time.”
He said that at the end of the day it is a tedious concern and he will work hard to take care of it for the people of Grandfield.
“We have a few bumps to get through in the road, but we’ll get through it, and I hope people will be happy we got through them,” Whittington said.
Grounds said the audit began in the summer of 2021, but due to issues they have yet to come to a conclusion.
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