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Four people receive more than $223,000 in back pay from Linn County Sheriff's Office

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Four Linn County deputies have a hefty paycheck in their hands after the Linn County Sheriff's Office realized it wasn't paying them what it should have been.

The Sheriff's Office had to fork over $223,869 in back pay to four deputy paramedics, sworn law enforcement officers who also serve as EMTs in Linn County.

It said confusing and conflicting federal labor laws entitled back pay to Ben Brink in the amount of $83,000, Brad Campbell with $74,000, Nick Heintz with $38,000 and Kellie Hughes with $28,869.

Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said Heinz brought the issue to his attention in the beginning of the year. He said Heintz has since left the department and believes he took a job outside of law enforcement.

Sheriff Gardner calls the back pay incident an oversight after about 30-years of paying deputy paramedics specific wages.

He said according to federal labor laws, the four employees, who worked 24-hour shifts at the time, should have been earning 8-hours of overtime between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. even if there weren't any calls during those hours. Instead, Gardner said the employees earned overtime only when they received a call during those hours.

Gardner said the back pay came from Linn County's general fund.

He said while the sum of the back pay might seem like a lot of money, the Sheriff's Office alone contributes about $5-million in revenue to the general fund every year.

"It's a lot of money, but again they were entitled to the money. It would be wrong to withhold the money from them so they were paid the money," he said.

"In the grand scheme of things...$223,000 is actually a small amount out of these greater pools. Still a lot of money, but it's a small amount of money in these larger pools," he added.

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