Yesterday I posted a little something concerning abuse of time clocks in the county. I was almost immediately contacted by an anonymous caller, who filled in some of the blanks.
Apparently, in order to ensure that people were actually showing up to work, the Freeholders instituted a mandatory time-clock policy. Every employee, I am told, salaried or hourly, must clock in.
To bypass the system, the unofficial policy is for salaries employees to only punch the clock one time, to prove they were in the office that day. However, there are reports that some people would drop by, clock in, and then immediately take off for a day at the shore.
When this abuse was brought to the attention of the county prosecutor, she refused to pursue it, citing “conflict of interest”. That was probably the proper course of action, and I understand the situation was then escalated to the State Attorney General.
I understand that people’s jobs were in jeopardy merely for talking to state investigators. These people are telling me that personally, this is not through a third party. There are some administrators such as warden Bob Balicki that are upset that nothing is being done on this matter. Balicki, to his credit, has been voracious in looking for ways to save tax payers money at the county jail. That is as it should be, and say what you want about his politics, he has my total support in these matters. Support, as long as security and safety at the jail is not compromised.
There is much more to this story – and I am getting the information in bits and pieces. As I piece it all together, you know where to find it.