Morgan County Sheriff’s Dept. experimenting with longer shifts

By Ryne Turke on July 9, 2016 at 6:10am

Correctional officers with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department are in the final month of a 12-hour-shift trial schedule.

The trial schedule started in March and is something correctional and patrol officers had asked for in their contracts, says Sheriff Randy Duvendack.

Duvendack has yet to fully assess the temporary schedule, but feels the shift has been productive.

“I think the officers like it. I still want to do an evaluation toward the end. I want to see how everything went as far as time off, covering shifts and how officers are doing their jobs for 12 hours instead of eight,” says Duvendack.

Duvendack says the longer shifts haven’t lead to any problems, so a similar six-month trial schedule for patrol officers will begin soon.

Office workers, bailiffs and dispatchers with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department will remain on an eight-hour shift schedule.