Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson Takes Furloughs Route

Recently the governor announced that because of Kentucky's budget shortfall many sectors of government will need to cut back.

Some organizations have decided to take furloughs which means employees will take unpaid weeks off.

In Fayette County, Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson says his office will also take time off, but won't be closed for business.

Larson's office of 27 employees will get a break in the coming year because Larson, along with most commonwealth attorneys in the state
took the furlough route as his plan to help the budget shortfall.

Larson tells us, "my goal was to protect positions and protect salary levels and we did that best we could and people are grateful and they understand."

The typical furlough will be three weeks, but Larson says his office won't have to sit out that long because they've been able to confiscate enough money from accused criminals to give the state a check for one week's work.

"I don't get to say this often but I really want to thank the dope dealers of Fayette County for carrying so much money in their pocket because you have allowed us to eliminate one week furlough for people in the office."

So employees will stagger two weeks off in the coming year and the office will always be at least half staffed to continue the type of work that never takes a break.

"I just wish we could get those damn criminals to furlough for two or three weeks, but they wont works with us," Larson says.

Since Larson is an elected official, he cannot be furloughed by law. However, he has promised to write a check for the money he makes during the two week furlough.