December 11th, 2006 | by Ian Demsky News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Doing Sick Time?

     
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Every once in a while, two unrelated news stories converge in a burst of synergy. This is such a time.

Story #1: Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto takes heat for not reigning in sick-leave and overtime abuse among deputies.

Story #2: The County Auditor's Office conducts a public records sting to find out how good the county is at providing information to the public.

Confluence: One of the documents requested by the auditor's team was a list of Sheriff's Office internal affairs investigations from this year.

So, since they'd already been compiled, Willamette Week requested the Sheriff's internal affairs records from the auditor. Here's what we found:

It doesn't look like investigating his own department's sick leave abuses has been a high priority for the Sheriff. Out of 44 investigations, only one was into the false reporting of sick leave. Three were for general use-of-leave issues.
 
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