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Officials work to pay law enforcement overtime hours

The Joplin tornado meant extra hours worked for county employees, and at least one group of deputies haven’t gotten paid.

Officers from 400 agencies helped with search and rescue and law enforcement after the May 22 tornado.

The sheriff says deputies typically don’t get overtime pay but rather get comp time.  With so many hours that won’t work.

Joplin will pay other agencies and get reimbursed by FEMA so it’s up to the county to file its own claim with FEMA.

County commissioners say have a FEMA rep appointed.  They could tap an emergency county fund that holds nearly $180,000 to pay deputies and others for disaster duty.

“Not sure but we will figure out what we have and make sure they get paid,” says Jasper County commissioner Darieus Adams.  “They stuck to the plate - they did a wonderful job all of ours – law enforcement, health department, the highway department, so certainly we’re going to take care of that.”

Outside agencies that helped will be paid by the city of Joplin, which will be reimbursed for  qualifying overtime and use of equipment from FEMA.


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