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Reported by Ben Watson

Officials in Southaven mull four day work-weeks

High gas prices have officials in the city of Southaven, Mississippi looking for ways to save money, including the possible implementation of a four day work-week.

The concept, proposed by Mayor Greg Davis, would move salaried employees to a schedule of 12 hour days, four days per week.

"I don't want anybody to have the misconception that city government will save money by doing this," Davis said.  "We're not shutting city hall down one day a week.  It will be open five days a week, two extra hours per day, and that's what makes it a do-able situation."

If approved, employee schedules would rotate, so that city offices would be staffed at all times.  One less commute to work each week would hopefully save employees like Joan Latimer money.

"It would save on my gas mileage," Latimer said, estimating she pays $20 per day in gas for her SUV.

City officials are studying current work schedules to determine they could be altered.  If implemented, city hall would be open from 7am to 6pm daily.

"It's been successful in our police department," Davis said.  Our police used to be on eight hour shifts.  Then we went to 12 hour shifts three or four years ago, and that seems to be very successful."

Davis said the new plan most be voted on by Southaven's Board of Aldermen.  If approved, it could be implemented by next spring.

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