HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin said Wednesday the decision to make county employees take a one-day furlough once a month for the rest of the fiscal year has hurt morale.
He said the loss of a day's pay was a strain on his employees' already tight budgets.
The sheriff was not the only one upset.
The county is making the furlough move to save over $600,000 during tough budget times. Employees are being furloughed for one day per month for the rest of the fiscal year until September.
Sheriff McMillin said the change has already had an impact even though the decision was only made last Monday.
Hinds County Tax Collector Eddie Fair was furious about the move by the county's board of supervisors, and as an independently-elected official, he was not afraid to speak out about it.
Over 900 employees are affected, and they are afraid to speak out. Supervisor Peggy Hopson-Calhoun said the county had to make the decision to order the furloughs.
The board of supervisors made the decision in a closed session at the end of their regular meeting last Monday.
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