The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners approved to include Veterans Day as a paid holiday for county employees at tonight’s meeting (Feb. 21).
The suggestion to amend the county’s policy to include Veterans Day as an employee holiday came from Tina Malone, procurement officer, who asked during an event for county employees why Veterans Day was not a county employee holiday.
BOC Chairman Oz Nesbitt praised Malone for the suggestion and thanked fellow commissioners for supporting her idea.
“This is a big deal. I want to thank her for asking the question,” said Nesbitt, adding that he feels it is important to seek input from county employees in order to continue moving the county forward and making improvements. “This is one step in letting our employees know that we’re listening.”
Nesbitt and Commissioners Sherri Washington and Doreen Williams all said they were proud to support the Veterans Day holiday because they recognize firsthand the importance and sacrifice of veterans through their own relatives who have served or are serving in the U.S. military. Several veterans and veterans group members attended tonight’s meeting in support of including Veterans Day as a holiday for all county employees.
With the amended policy, the County employees will now observe the following days:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (third Monday in January)
The day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve Day