MADISON — The Boone County Commission passed motions to approve the payment of sick and/or annual leave compensation totaling $29,170.74 to four retiring county employees during their regular session on Sept. 24.

The latest retirements are part of a pool of employees who have chosen to step down from their positions in the wake of budget cuts and impending layoffs. The county has already had to implement across-the-board budget cuts of 8% and 20%, respectively, and commissioners say another cut is likely on the horizon at or near the first of the new year.

One county employee spoke about their decision on the condition of anonymity.

“This is money that we’ve earned as dedicated county employees and this wasn’t something I had planned to do at this time, but the writing was on the wall,” they said. “I believe that our commissioners have done everything they could do to prevent (job losses) from happening, but it was the right thing for me to do for my family and for the county. I don’t feel forced to retire or anything like that. I made the decision on my own. There may be others who feel differently, but I can only speak for myself.”

The announced retirements on Tuesday came from the offices of Emergency Management, the Prosecuting Attorney, Maintenance and the Assessor.

Commission President Eddie Hendricks was on vacation, but Commissioners Craig Bratcher and Brett Kuhn were present.

The Boone County Commission meets again at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the commission chambers located on the third floor of the Boone County Courthouse Annex.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or 304-307-2401.