WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Sedgwick County employees will get an additional paid holiday.

County commissioners voted Wednesday morning to add Presidents Day as a paid holiday in 2023. Commissioners last year voted to replace Presidents Day with Juneteenth on the paid holiday calendar.

Commissioner Ryan Baty said adding a paid holiday is a way to reward county employees at a time when retaining workers has become an issue. Sedgwick County has 3,000 employees.

County staff told commissioners the county has a $6 million surplus, which makes this a good time to add a holiday. 

The City of Wichita has 12 paid holidays for employees. 

Commissioners also voted to ask staff to consider a proposal of adding a floating holiday to replace either Presidents Day or Juneteenth in future years.