Jones County dispatchers receive back pay after federal investigation

Jones County dispatchers receive back pay after federal investigation
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JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - More than 20 dispatchers with the Jones County Emergency Operations Center received back pay after a federal investigation by the Department of Labor.

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Unit investigation found that 28 emergency dispatchers at the center were paid incorrectly. The investigation stemmed from 2015 when dispatchers were paid a salary.

Back wages were paid to all employees involved last week, after the approval was made by the Jones County Board of Supervisors. The back wages amounted to nearly $49,000. That money was paid by the combination of Jones County, the City of Laurel and the City of Ellisville, because these places used the services.

"Steps have been taken in their schedules to alleviate this issue for the future, with no interruption in service," Jones County EMA Director Marda Tullos said in a statement.

After the investigation, employees will now be paid hourly.