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County CDL Drivers Now Subject to Drug Testing (Update)

March 13, 2017 - The Shelby County Commissioners approved a DOT drug testing agreement for 2017 with Compliance Management, LLC at their meeting held on Monday, March 13, 2017.

The subject of DOT drug testing has been up for discussion at Commissioners' Court since the middle of 2016 and at the last meeting held February 27, 2017 Roscoe McSwain, Commissioner Precinct 1, questioned who would receive the drug testing report. During that same meeting Ann Blackwell, Shelby County Treasurer, indicated it appeared a medical professional may need to be designated.

At the March 13 meeting Allison Harbison, Shelby County Judge, stated Compliance Management, LLC would be acting as the county's medical representative in that situation.

"This Compliance Management will serve as our medical officer and take us out of the loop, and they will have their own medical officer to administer this program," said Judge Harbison.

Judge Harbison's opinion is the reports should be received by the Shelby County Commissioners' Office via Tracey Strong, the Commissioners' Office Secretary.

"It then will be up to each commissioner as to whether the report goes in to the personnel file, or where you keep it and how you keep it," said Judge Harbison.

Commissioner Jimmy Lout asked when the new policy is enacted if the current CDL drivers would be subject to testing, and Judge Harbison explained they only would be subject to random testing, or reasonable suspicion testing as included in the Shelby County Policy on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for CDL Drivers.

Lout inquired if his drivers were going to need to have a list of any medications they may be taking and Judge Harbison suggested that is always a good idea for people to keep a list to know what medication they may be on.

Commissioner McSwain inquired if Commissioner Lout was going to be drug tested as well, to which Lout responded he would be as he has a CDL.

"I do too, but I'm not going to be tested. I don't drive a county truck," said McSwain.

"If I ask my hands to do it, I'm going to do it. I just think that's fair," said Commissioner Lout.

Judge Harbison stated the testing applies to current CDL holders that driver county trucks and Gary Rholes, County Attorney, agreed that was his understanding. Lout said he currently only has two other CDL drivers besides himself at this time. Rholes said if it is reasonably foreseeable an employee with a CDL not currently driving will drive in the future he advised adding them to the list.

According to the new policy, once the random testing begins, it will provide for alcohol testing of at least 10% and for drug testing of at least 50% of all covered drivers. The random testing will be reasonably spaced over any 12-month period.

A motion carried to approve the agreement with Compliance Management, LLC and to designate Tracey Strong to receive the test reports.

During the meeting the court recorded verification of required continuing education for County Treasurer Ann Blackwell.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:46am.

Agenda items approved during the meeting include:
1. Meeting minutes of the February 13, 2017 Regular Meeting, and the February 27, 2017 Special Meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners' Court.
2. Pay Monthly expenses.
3. Officers' reports presented by Ann Blackwell.
4. 2017 DOT Drug Testing Agreement with Compliance Management, LLC and designate Tracey Strong to receive the test reports.
5. Adjourn at 9:46am.
Officers' report
Fees collected per office for February:

    Deborah Riley, Tax Assessor/Collector, office: Property: $823,702.07; Motor Vehicle: $141,492.04 for a total of $965,194.11
    Jennifer Fountain, County Clerk: $32,345.07
    Lori Oliver, District Clerk: $19,607.99
    Maxie Eaves, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1: $8,099
    Marla Denby, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2: $1,144.10
    Margie Anderson, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3: $6,920
    Jenny Hicks, Justice of the Peace Precinct 4: $2,385
    Mike Crouch, Justice of the Peace Precinct 5: $4,961
    Zach Warr, Constable Precinct 1: $270
    James Hagler, Constable Precinct 2: 0.00
    Roy Cheatwood, Constable Precinct 3: $0.00
    Jake Metcalf, Constable Precinct 4: $180
    Robert Hairgrove, Constable Precinct 5: $0.00

Grand total: $1,041,106.27

    Interest and Sinking Fund generated $10.60 for a total book value of $34,864.80
    Insurance Fund generated $7.75 for a total book value of $25,490.97
    Money Market CD#1 generated $245.23 total market value of $426,469.24
    Money Market CD#2 generated $244.80 total market value of $425,733.98
    Money Market CD#3 generated $0.00 total market value of $425,000.00

Total CD Transactions $508.38 at a total market value of $1,337,558.99
    Shelby County Money Market generated $100.79 total market value of $449,704.66
Total Interest earned on investments $609.17
    Total investments of $1,787,263.65
Interest Bearing Checking Accounts for February 2017
General Fund: 0.10% - $869.29
DA Forfeiture Non-Traffic: 0.05% - $0.16
DA Forfeiture - Traffic: 0.05% - $0.13
County Attorney Collections: 0.10% - $.73
County Clerk Account: 0.10% - $1.57
Tax Assessor VIT: 0.10% - $1.32
Tax Assessor Property: 0.10% - $107.67
DA Forfeiture Fund 37: 0.10% - $0.40
Total Interest Collected: $981.27

Jake Metcalf - Constable Precinct 4 February 2017 Activity Report
Traffic Violations:
Speeding 69/55 - $185
Speeding 71/55 - $205
Speeding 72/55 - $205
Speeding 80/55 - $225
Speeding 50/35 - $185
Speeding 87/55 NDL $428
Speeding 74/55 - $205
Speeding 81/55 - $250
Speeding 71/55 - $205
Speeding 74/55 - $205

Fines Assessed: $5,400

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