Monday was a big day for the Somervell County Sheriff’s Department. Commissioners approved moving peace officers and correctional officers from a 40-hour work cycle to a 171-hour/28-day work cycle.

Deputy Derrell McCravey made a presentation to commissioners, stating that the new cycle would help with scheduling and place more manpower on the street.

“If we can go through this where we can have deputies off at least one to two weeks a month. It adds to their family life,” McCravey said.

The plan, which is officially called a 207K Plan, will give County Treasurer Barbara Hudson an increased workload. Any employee working more than 160 hours during their 28-day cycle would get paid hourly up to 171 hours. After that, the employee will receive time-and-a-half pay.

The extra workload will come in for Hudson when she calculates and adds the extra hours to employees’ paychecks.

“There would need to be adjustments made for employees who work more than 160-hours,” she said. “We would need to set up a schedule on when the adjustments to their (pay) would be made.”

Hudson said she and McCravey have already discussed the issue and he will provide all the information she needs by Nov. 4.

“I am totally for it,” Commissioner Mike Ford said.

The new structure was approved unanimously by commissioners, with an implementation date of Nov. 4.

McCravey also requested the realignment of a job position in the sheriff’s department. He asked that commissioners re-establish a position that would be strictly designated to 911 mapping and addressing.

“Money for that will come from (eliminating) one dispatch position, which is currently open,” McCravey said.

A 911 communications supervisor will also be appointed, which is a title formality and no additional money will be assigned to that position.

The commissioners unanimously approved the request.