Two employees were suspended for two days, without pay, for violating Camden County personnel policy, prohibiting campaigning on tax payers' time and equipment.


According to presiding Commissioner Carolyn Loraine, an employee in the commission office was suspended after it came to the attention of county officials that an email document was created by an employee on a computer in that office.


Two employees were suspended for two days, without pay, for violating Camden County personnel policy, prohibiting campaigning on tax payers' time and equipment.

According to presiding Commissioner Carolyn Loraine, an employee in the commission office was suspended after it came to the attention of county officials that an email document was created by an employee on a computer in that office.

The letter was an endorsement for Loraine, who said she was unaware of what the employee had done until after it occurred.

Loraine said the commission took appropriate action after learning of the situation. The employee, Loraine said, thought the letter had been sent to a home email address. The email was not intended to be sent from the county email address to a list of individual email addresses that included other county offices.

The second suspension was in the Camden County circuit court clerk's office, where an employee faxed a "meet and greet" notice for W. Steven Rives, a candidate for county prosecutor, to the Lake Sun.

In that case, the employee said the fax was sent out for the newspaper's community calendar, while on a lunch break, from a county-owned machine.

The employee in the circuit clerk's office is a state worker who works under the Missouri Court System for the county. State and county policy prohibits employees from taking part in political campaigns and activities during work hours and/or using equipment or vehicles that are state or county-owned for political purposes.

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