I previously wrote a piece on the blog regarding embezzlement from the town including wire fraud for an employee who has been ill for more than two years and who has been paid continually since his illness. Now we know not all time sheets have been signed because originally he filled his time sheets in pencil way back when and then it stopped abruptly when he became ill.
In September of 2017 after Hurricane Irma, Richard Marshall in a meeting mentioned Kenny was too ill, and had lost a tremendous amount of weight and Richard at that time mentioned that he could possibly help out with some mowing. Now from what we know is that Kenny Hutcherson was sick in all of 2016 and was unable to use the Backhoe and Pam covered up for him.
I guess it is interesting to me how Pam could continually pay the insurance of approximately $1,000 as well as give him payroll checks for over two years. One could never tell if Kenny Hutcherson was at work or not at work because since Bob Farley had meetings with the staff once a week and told them what was required to be done, I do not believe there has been any supervision.
Furthermore, we know that the grass was never mowed, even after we spent all that money on a huge Lawnmower that Woody Woodard was complaining about. He said the light poles were too close (they could have stretched them all the way To Dollar General) and one could not mow. And then we know the inmates have not been mowing for two years.
Time sheets for employee Kenneth Hutcherson, who had not reported to work for nearly two years, are not signed by the employee. Based on the Town’s annual vacation and sick leave benefits policies, it is impossible that Mr. Hutcherson (who officially retired in May 2018) could have accrued vacation and sick leave benefits to justify being paid full-time compensation for the nearly two years during which time he did not report for work. Due to prior record keeping and supervision by Ms. Tebo, it is not known when Mr. Hutcherson actually stopped reporting to work.
During the year between the week of May 1, 2017 and the week of May 7, 2018 (for which time sheets have been provided by town staff), Hutcherson’s purported (unsigned) time sheets report compensation for 1,355.25 hours of sick time, 442.5 hours of annual time and 119.75 hours of comp time, far in excess of the maximum annual vacation (240 hours) and sick leave benefits (240 hours) provided employees by the Town’s personnel policies. The time sheets also report that 46.5 hours of Regular time and 96 hours of Holiday time were used to fraudulently compensate Mr. Hutcherson.
When Joe inquired of Stacy Tebo, she said has no idea of what is transpiring with Mr. Hutcherson’s check and it is being handled by Pam Tomlinson. I know when I mentioned to Richard Marshall, former councilman, that Kenny should be off the payroll in September, he said to me “They’d better not do that”. Then of Course, Willie Jefferson possibly placed some pressure on Pam.
I guess, I am just amazed. People in the Private Sector work longer hours than government employees. And even though management may get some negotiated perks that other employees are not given, the Companies would never pay for an employee for that long of a period of time. They would provide retirement benefits due, profit sharing, IRA’s or whatever, plus a salary of possibly two weeks and another two weeks of vacation. And although it is understood Kenny has worked for the town for some 40 years, that still should not provide for him a benefit no other person receives.
In looking over some additional paperwork, I found the following;
In Kenneth Hutcherson’s packet, there is a copy of something which appears to be a contract regarding “Employee Sick Leave” The elements of a contract are (1) an offer (2) acceptance and (3) consideration/money as a result. So this is the contract which was signed by Robert C. Townsend, then manager and Pam Tomlinson, along with Mr. Hutcherson’s signature. Since when did Attorney Kennon allow payments to be made to employees outside of that which is in the personnel file? And I have read all of the minutes prior to our suit and I guarantee, this was not approved by the council at the time.