Cathey questions city clerk hire

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 09:49 AM.

The council spoke about a recent payroll issue that resulted in city staff only being paid for one week instead of the normal two. The issue McGhee said came from not having appropriate permissions within the accounting program used by the city and limited instruction on the software.

Councilman Jack Mullen said that he wasn’t in agreement to terminate anybody, but the events of the last week concerned him as well while Councilman Bobby Pollock who had cast the vote that originally brought McGhee on board expressed frustration with the situation.

“I voted to hire Sharon. At the time, I showed concerns but hoped to be proven wrong,” he said. “I haven’t been.”

Once each member of the council shared their thoughts, McGhee was invited to speak in her own defense. She cited technical permissions issues and a weak understanding of the role’s many responsibilities as the cause of the council’s concern. She reported that she only had two training sessions with McLeod for a total of four hours.

When McGhee didn’t have access to parts of the payroll software, she called the company directly to request the same access previously given to McLeod. The request was denied and they told her that the request needed to be made by the Systems Administrator. The council was informed of the request by a representative from the software company.

McGhee’s actions were frowned upon by the council, but the clerk insisted that she was trying to take initiative.

“A lot of my issues have been that I tried to communicate and get clarity. I had conflicting info coming in on day one,” said McGhee. “I hadn’t seen a job description prior to coming in to interview, only the job ad.”

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