(Oct. 16, 2020) With the Ocean City Council’s formal approval, City Manager Doug Miller will work on creating an employee appreciation day of sorts for city staff who worked extra hours during the pop-up car rally weekend. 

Councilman Matt James introduced the idea during last week’s council meeting. 

“Because of how weird this year has been, whether it’s covid-19-related issues or with the pop-up rally event that we had, I think a lot of the employees would appreciate a little something extra,” James said. 

Miller said after speaking with department heads, they had decided that they would be excluded from the extra time off. 

“This is part of what we do and we shouldn’t get an extra day,” Miller said. “It’s more the … boots on the ground type.” 

This will give employees a total of four personal days to use, although the extra day off would have to be taken advantage of within a certain timeframe, likely a six-month window. 

According to the meeting agenda, the extra day was estimated to cost $133,995, although James later clarified that this was inaccurate as many of the positions would not need to be backfilled, or covered, meaning it would essentially be cost neutral.

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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