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No news following closed door talk on employee drug test failure

No news following closed door talk on employee drug test failure

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RACINE — A city committee gathered this week to discuss concerns raised about pre-employment drug screenings and the city’s hiring process.

But the closed door meeting appears to have yielded no tangible action or insight into the issue.

Alderman Sandy Weidner initially brought the concern to the Finance and Personnel Committee about two weeks ago after receiving what appeared to be information showing a current city employee had failed a pre-employment drug test.

Weidner said she, and reportedly others, had been anonymously mailed the results of the failed drug test.

Weidner said her main concern was that if the information she received was accurate, aldermen had been asked to approve an appointment that flew in the face of the city’s pre-employment policies.

With the committee unable to discuss the issue in depth or mention the employee’s name in open session, the item was reconsidered this week — this time in closed session.

Under law, public bodies, like committees and boards, may only discuss individual personnel matters in closed session.

Published minutes from the Monday gathering show the committee went into closed session to discuss the issue and emerged with a recommendation to “receive and file,” a move that essentially backs receiving the information, but filing it away without action.

The City Council may review that action when it meets Tuesday, Nov. 3, or simply approve it.

A request from Weidner to have the city separate the duties of human resource administrator from the City Attorney’s office, and hire a full time human resource administrator was also received and filed by the committee.


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