Interim Faulkner County Attorney Joe Don Winningham said Friday he would submit findings Saturday morning concerning the validity of former county attorney Stephan Hawks' payments while he was on leave in April and May.
Winningham said he has been working this week to clear up the debate between the county judge's office and several quorum court members about the money Hawks received while he was in a rehabilitation facility. Hawks continued to receive pay while he exercised leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.
"We have been working on this throughout the week," Winningham said. "I told the quorum court that I would get them something concrete by the end of the week, and Saturday is pretty much the end of the week."
Winningham, who has stepped in for Hawks, is receiving no pay for his services, and he told the quorum court Tuesday that he is not a candidate for the now vacant position.
During the meeting Tuesday night, justice of the peace Steve Goode took issue with Hawks' pay, saying that their own personnel handbook could be in violation since it states that anyone who uses FMLA for their leave is said to be taking unpaid leave. Sick time is classified as paid leave, but any alcohol or drug-related issues cannot be classified as sick time.
County Judge Preston Scroggin has said that Hawks is appointed by him as a salaried employee and would receive the same paycheck if he was not in the office or if he worked "100 hours" a week.
Winningham said he "wanted to get this right," and he has been working for the county as well as for his own practice.