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County uses Columbus Day for training

By Maura Wery

Rather than observing Columbus Day by taking a day off, Riley County employees closed their offices and had a training day Monday. The day-long session provided employees a chance to go over new benefits, the new employee manual approved by the county commission last week, a sales tax presentation and other activities.

Human relations officer Cindy Volanti, who joined county counselor Clancy Holeman in presenting the new employee manual, said the biggest changes involved removal of compensation time and changes for employees who take flex time.

Commissioner Dave Lewis said the county got all employees   together in order to make sure all departments could hear the information and ask questions at the same time. He said a large amount of effort went into the day.

“Cindy does a great job presenting this information and puts a lot of work into putting it together,” Lewis said.

Lewis said the day is also good for giving employees in different departments a chance to interact.

“It’s a great social opportunity,” Lewis said. “We had a motivational speaker and he was really great and it gives the employees a chance to see and talk to other employees and have some fun.”

The commission will resume their usual meeting schedule on Thursday.

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