The Lincoln County Fiscal Court dealt with some routine business before retreating to a lengthy, closed session to discuss personnel issues regarding the jail and the Sheriff’s office. No action was taken on the sheriff’s personnel, but the court did approve an exception to county employment policy to facilitate Jailer David Gooch hiring a new administrative assistant.
Typically, when the county hires new employees, they are under a 90-day probationary period where they do not enjoy any insurance benefits. It costs the county $567 to buy an insurance premium per month per employee whether they work all month or just one day, and the county holds off on paying for insurance in case an employee doesn’t work out.
Gooch had requested a waiver to the policy to be able to use immediate coverage as an incentive to induce a qualified candidate to hire on for the job. Magistrate Jim Adams said, “This is a key position, and he has to be able to offer insurance as an incentive.”