(12/31/2005)
A paycheck stand-off by Clay County Sheriff Randy Holcomb ended yesterday afternoon, after the official had refused to sign checks because the county commissioners would not pay his deputies vacation days.

Holcomb had been wanting the commission to pay his deputies cash for their unused vacation days.

Clay County employees received their paychecks Friday afternoon, Holcomb affixing his name with other required signatures.

Commission President Peter Triplett said the county's policy was not to pay cash for unused vacation days.

"This is a little struggle with the commission and he's taking it out on all county workers," Triplett said.

Triplett said had the sheriff ignored his duty, the county would have filed a legal motion to force him to sign.

He said the courthouse struggle dates back to November when three of Holcomb's deputies were required to work to cover a murder trial despite their requests for vacation time.

Triplett said "Duty should always comes first."

The deputies still have unused vacation time that they could carry over to next year.

Employees were upset about the dispute that delayed their twice-monthly paychecks.


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