Must a county pay the career-prosecutor longevity based on a prosecutor's total years of service, even if the prosecutor accrued some of those years of service with a different office?
We have at least three prosecutors in this office who came directly from other DA's office. I'm sure this is a fairly common scenario.
Have any of your offices or counties taken a position one way or the other?
Does this issue warrant another request for an A/G opinion?
The statute clearly includes service from any employer. It anticipates that credit accrues for service as a prosecutor, and makes no mention of any particular office. That was the whole idea behind "lifetime" credit instead of just staying with a single employer.
Sec. 41.257. ACCRUAL OF LIFETIME SERVICE CREDIT. (a) An assistant prosecutor accrues lifetime service credit for the period in which the assistant prosecutor serves as a full-time, part-time, or temporary assistant prosecutor.
Montgomery county honors this idea. I have not heard from any other county doing otherwise.
I agree with Dan, and it is my understanding that is how the counties are doing it. Also, there is a fairly analogous situation involving deputy longevity pay, in which the AG ruled that you get credit for non-continuous service. See, MW-509 (1982).
Hope this is helpful...
Rob and Dan, thanks for the input.
Harris County has asked about this issue. Check the AG website for requests for opinion.
Ray (Rike, I presume):
Once again, the great people at Tarrant County help out. I appreciate the pointer and I now have a copy of the request on my desk.
I have a follow-up question:
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