Galen Scott

Parker County Commissioners dangled a puzzling carrot this week aimed at improving the lot of county staffers who volunteer as election clerks during upcoming Republican and Democratic primary elections.

In a 3-2 vote Monday, the Commissioners Court decided county employees who help out at polling places on election day should be paid their usual hourly wage instead of the uniform election worker rate.

Pay for non-county workers who volunteer on election day is set at $7 per hour.

According to County Treasurer Jim Thorp, who oversees human resources, the county’s current policy requires employees to use a vacation day or compensatory (comp) time if they choose to volunteer in the elections department.

Apparently, the county’s new policy will give department heads the option to assign willing employees to work partisan elections for which they will receive their usual rate of pay and no longer need to take the day off.

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