Lake County Council

Lake County Council

CROWN POINT —The Lake County Council created a parental leave for male as well as female county employees who are new parents.

The council voted 6-1 Wednesday to override a Lake County Commissioners' veto last week of an ordinance giving two weeks paid leave for county employees who are new fathers and mothers.

Councilwoman Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, first sponsored parental leave for parents working for county government last October by setting aside $175,000. The council passed an ordinance approving the parental leave policy Jan. 9.

Councilman Eldon Strong, R-Crown Point, has repeatedly opposed giving parental leave for men.

Commissioners said last week they agree with the need to give parents time off work following a new birth, but wanted to wait until they have hired a human resources director, in the coming months, to determine the right length of leave to be granted.

Council President David Hamm, D-Hammond, said he doesn't want to argue with commissioners, but the council felt parental leave is important enough to approve now.

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Lake County reporter

Bill has reported in Lake County since 1972 after graduating from Indiana University. He has worked for The Times since 1997, covering the courts and local government during much of his tenure. Born and raised in New Albany, Ind., he is a native Hoosier.