County Commisioners To Revisit Overtime Pay For District Clerk Employees

POSTED: Monday, June 15, 2009 - 8:09am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm

At 9:30 this morning, county commissioners will revisit an overtime pay issue that has caused some controversy.

Commissioner Willie Gandara told our partners at the El Paso Times that District Clerk Gilbert Sanchez halted passport approvals because commissioners voted against overtime pay for his employees.

In response, Sanchez says he stopped the service last week because his office needed to catch up on processing hundreds of passport applications that had been submitted in recent days.

None of the four county commissioners were happy about the sudden closure, especially since dozens of people were turned away after waiting some six hours to apply for a passport.

Some commisioners say this move was prompted by their decision on june 8th. That's when two commissioners voted against a measure that would grant district clerk employees overtime pay.

The District Clerk's office says they will begin taking applications tomorrow because a federal inspector is visiting them today.

But starting tomorrow, the office will likely take applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

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