HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A question of whether one county employee was due about $2,000 in unpaid leave ended up dominating the Hamilton County Commission's meeting this week and resulted in stricter time-clock rules for magistrates.

The commission ventured into uncharted territory Wednesday when it considered a resolution to allow Chief Magistrate Larry Ables to collect 787 hours worth of paid leave at his current salaried rate before he steps down to a position with a lower pay grade this November.

Magistrates set bonds and sign warrants at an office in the Hamilton County Jail.

Earlier this month, the commission voted to keep Ables in the office another year, but also to promote Magistrate Randy Russell to Able's supervisory position. That means Ables would be paid $5,000 less than what his salary has been since 2008.

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