Eligible Oceana County Sheriff’s Office and corrections department employees were expected to have an extra $1,000 in their paychecks this week.
The Oceana County Board of Commissioners approved July 23 participating the the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides “hazard” pay for qualifying first responders. County Administrator Dr. Robert Sobie said the sheriff’s office and corrections department has 31 employees eligible for the program. Because he’s an elected official, Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast does not qualify Sobie said. Sobie added $100 million has been made available nationwide for the program. Applications must be made by Sept. 30.
“If you’re going to do this, now is the time to do it,” Sobie said.
The program requires participating agencies to pay for the program up front and seek reimbursement. The requirement prompted the board to amend its general fund unrestricted fund balance budget to cover the cost of the $31,000 program.