August 6, 2014
Our recent blog “When Somebody Dies it Won’t be Quite So Funny” has had a lot of reaction. There have been many comments, some quite enlightening as to other problems at EMS. If you haven’t read them, click here to do so: Comments You should scroll up and down to read them all; many are quite frank and surprising.
Citizens have called us to tell us about other problems they have encountered or about what they consider to be a waste of taxpayer’s money or violations of policies.
During the week of July 21-25, Sharon Robinson took time off work (more than just a lunch hour) to attend cheer camp at the high school. Sources tell us cheer camp lasted from 11:00AM to 1:00PM daily and Ms. Robinson was there. A picture of her vehicle parked out in front of the high school was sent to us and we have other verifying reports.
This picture was taken on Thursday, July 24 at 11:30AM. What time did she get back to work? Her vehicle wasn’t back at the courthouse at 2:00PM.
A local contractor called and said he couldn’t get anyone on the phone at Planning and Zoning from 8:00AM-8:30AM, so he went by the office at 8:30AM. Neither Brad Cherry nor Sherry Braley were there. He got witnesses that worked in the court house to come to the door of the office to see that it was still dark. When he asked what time anyone ever showed up, he was told “around 10:00AM.” This is what most people encounter when they try to get a building permit or (in the case of this contractor, who had tried for 2 days to get in touch with someone) to get a final inspection.
This sign or a “closed” sign are on the Planning and Zoning door most of the time. Where are these people, and why don’t they have to be at work at 8:00AM? Why don’t they return the telephone calls? What happens to people that come into town to do business here? Are they supposed to just sit and wait and hope someone shows up? Why is no one supervising?
That answer may be that the County Manager also has a hard time getting to work by 8:00AM. In fact many citizens have complained that they can’t find her in the office before 9:00AM, and at lunch time (when they have some time off) they can’t find her in the office either. Rumors are that two hour lunches are not uncommon. We have heard and read the excuses the County Manager gives about working at night, on weekends, etc.; however, her contract says she is to work normal business hours—that means 8:00AM to 5:00PM. How does she know who is at work on time and who isn’t if she isn’t there on time herself?
It appears that based on many of the calls we received that some county employees that work downstairs come and go as they please. We have to wonder if there is unlimited time off for these employees.
EMS, as the blog comments show, has its own special problems. Even though there is proof and confirmation of the proof that employees used county equipment for personal use, we have heard of no disciplinary actions or suspensions. We’ve been told that on Tuesday (8/5/14) Keith Haddock and Debria Murphy worked as partners on an ambulance.
The county has a Whistleblower Policy; however, most all employees are too afraid to talk about what they see on a daily basis for fear of losing their jobs. The BOC seems to have their collective heads in the sand not to see what everyone else does or not to do anything about it. When people at the top (BOC Staff) don’t work, take unlimited time off, come in late, and leave early, others think they can do so as well. It makes for a very unproductive and resentful (for those that actually do work) work environment.
There are certain employees in this county who think they are untouchable, and they seem to be unaccountable to no one. They think there will be no consequences for anything they do because they know they are untouchable.