Rockingham County Commissioners approve community service leave

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WENTWORTH, N.C. -- Rockingham County commissioners approved a measure Tuesday to allow for community service leave.

The new policy allows county employees to take as many as 10 hours a year of work time to perform community service.

"It's an investment in our community," said Rockingham County Manager Lance Metzler. "We're leading by example."

Metzler said he got the idea from Montgomery County, where he previously worked as county manager.

The new policy should help charities like the United Way, the Salvation Army, and Meals on Wheels, which needs volunteers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to serve meals to the elderly.

Metzler said each request must be approved by a supervisor, and the employee must provide documentation that he or she actually performed the service.

Rockingham County employs 662.