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Lewis County officials probe employee hours

WESTON, W.Va. — The Lewis County Commission plans to look into allegations that some county employees are clocking in excess hours.

The commission heard the allegations from Human Resource Officer Debbie Hall, who works in the County Clerk’s Office, at Wednesday’s meeting.

Commissioners decided to discuss the issue with Office of Emergency Management Director Bill Rowan in executive session during the commission’s meeting on Monday.

Hall told the commissioners that she has no choice but to issue the paychecks, even if the time sheets are questionable, because they have been approved by employee supervisors.

Hall alleged that in some cases, sick days have been used to lengthen the work weeks of employees.

“In one example, I will tell you, there is a time sheet where a person physically worked 36 hours. They had 36 hours of sick time. So you are actually paying that person for 72 hours that week,” Hall said.

“How did that happen?” Commissioners Pat Boyle and Tom Fealy asked in response. (Agnes Queen was absent for medical reasons.)

Hall said the employee’s supervisor had signed off on paying for 72 hours of work…

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