Former county attorney Stephan Hawks has officially waived his right for vacation and sick pay during his leave of absence.
Hawks, who resigned his post a few days after returning from seven weeks of leave, sent an email to the county saying he did not intend to seek pay during his time off.
"I want to say unequivocally that I am not requesting or intend to file any legal action for payment associated with vacation or sick time," Hawks said in his email. Hawks is currently residing in Malibu, Calif. and could not be reached for further comment.
Interim county attorney Joe Don Winningham said in June that Hawks could be awarded vacation pay for his administrative leave, which was spent at a rehabilitation facility in California. Some debate had occurred from certain quorum court members about Hawks' pay, saying that he could not accept pay from the Family Medical Leave Act, which he had originally been using for his time off.
Winningham stated that Hawks was within his rights to receive pay during his time off and the County Judge Preston Scroggin had the discretion to allow Hawks to work as county attorney outside of the office and continue to receive compensation.
The Faulkner County Personnel Manual states that employees are entitled to 12 week of unpaid FMLA leave, thus, Hawks is ineligible for paid leave under FMLA.
Following Winningham's resignation, David Hogue stepped back in as interim county attorney. Hogue had previously held the position when Hawks had left in April. Conway attorney Allen Dodson accepted the permanent position of county attorney Tuesday.