County officials, employees debate travel policy
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
The Houston County Employee Travel Policy continues to undergo scrutiny and revision by the Commissioners Court. Development of revisions to the current policy has been ongoing for several weeks. Precinct 2 Commissioner Willie Kitchen introduced the most recent draft during the regular court session Tuesday, Oct. 22. Kitchen said, "This is a work in progress. . . . There is some confusion about what is covered and is not covered by the per diem." County Auditor Melissa Mosley previously asked the court to establish a policy regarding employee travel that she can follow when making reimbursements to employees and when she makes advance payments for travel expenses. The draft policy discussed between commissioners and some county department heads Tuesday states "cash advances (or reimbursement) for meals shall be paid only for the days in attendance at the conference or educational seminar in accordance with rates set forth by U. S. General Services Administration (GSA)." The draft policy also stipulates that when a conference or educational seminar provides one or meals specifically specified as a part of the conference/seminar registration, then a cash advance (or reimbursement) would be made only for meals not furnished as part of the seminar.