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May 24, 2013

County talks anti- nepotism policy, vehicle guidelines

CLINTON — The Clinton County Board of Supervisors this week discussed possible human resources policies.

Human Resources Director Lynn Tibbetts introduced a rough draft of an anti-nepotism policy for the county. This policy would prevent a family member from being hired if doing so would create a supervisor/subordinate relationship, have the potential of adversely impacting work performance or create a conflict of interest or the impact of a conflict of interest. Once approved, the policy would go into the employee handbook.

Supervisor Jill Davisson wondered if they should go a step further and ban relatives from being in the same department. Chairman John Staszewski wondered if that would be going too far. He also said they might have to check with the collective bargaining unit. Tibbetts agreed to look into the issue further.

The board also discussed a draft of a county vehicle and equipment operations and safety policy. This policy provides general guidelines of when equipment should be driven and by who. It also highlights what an employee should do in the case of an accident.

The policy requires any employees volunteering to use their own vehicles to provide proof of insurance and vehicle registration. The board discussed if this should be part of the policy and if it should be required for any employee who drives for the job.

Supervisor Brian Schmidt felt they should be able to check an employee’s driving record. The topic will be discussed further later.

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