"It's basically a use-it-or-lose-it proposition," he said.
Under the new policy, no employee in the prosecutor's office is allowed to carry over more than 20 annual leave days from year to year. But Plants said he can't dock any employee who had leftover annual leave prior to the adoption of the new policy.
"This [time] was accumulated in the past, and by law they're entitled to it," Plants said. "What's been done in the past has been done, and I can't change it.
"I didn't create that policy," he said. "I created a policy to fix it."
Hardy and County Commissioners Kent Carper and Hoppy Shores have been worried about employees banking leave time for a long time. But Carper said county officials were bound by past employee policies.
"[Morris] isn't getting anything that the policy at the time didn't allow," Carper said. "He is a fine and distinguished career prosecutor."
County Manager Jennifer Sayre has asked for a list of all employees in the prosecutor's office with more than 20 unused annual leave days.
Plants said he has 42 employees. Of those, 22 have more than 20 days of unused leave time, and can't accrue any more.
Assistant prosecutor Steve Revercomb has the most, with 257 unused leave days. Assistant prosecutor Michelle Drummond has 217, and Morris had 157.
All have been with the prosecutor's office for years, long before the new policy went into effect.Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.