Oconee County offering bonuses to retiring workers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A central Georgia county is offering retirement packages to employees to help trim payroll.

Oconee County is wooing about two dozen employees age 62 and
older to retirement with a $7,500 bonus and beefed up health benefits for at least a year.

County commissioners approved the move Tuesday.

County personnel director Malinda Smith said if all 24 retire, it would save the county $670,000.

She said some of the emptied positions would be refilled with entry-level workers.

Employees would retire by the end of the year. Workers have until February to accept the offer.

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