published Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Hamilton County now requires employees to report legal troubles

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    Staff Photo by John Rawlston The Hamilton County-Chattanooga Courts Building is located at the corner of Market Street and Fifth Street.

Hamilton County employees will now have to report to their supervisors if they are arrested, charged or indicted for any crime other than a minor traffic violation.

The county commission unanimously voted Thursday, during a recessed Feb. 6 commission meeting, to add a section to the county’s employee handbook and amend two others.

Before Thursday’s vote, employees of the county were under no obligation to report legal troubles to their employer.

Mayor Jim Coppinger, and Commissioner Fred Skillern said at the meeting this amendment was long over due.

The commission also amended the firing and suspension policies of the county, such that employees may be fired without a two-week notice, which existed under the old rules.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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