Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

May 14, 2013

Miami Co. OKs drug testing

Commissioner says employees should be held accountable.

By Carson Gerber
Tribune staff writer

Peru — Miami County employees could for the first time be subject to random drug testing after county commissioners added the new policy to the employee handbook.

Commissioner Josh Francis said the county previously only required drug testing if an employee was involved in an accident.

The new policy allows random drug testing on any employee at anytime.

“I don’t think we have a major drug problem, but we’re paying our employees with taxpayer dollars, so I think they should be held accountable,” Francis said.

Commissioners said they plan to discuss the details of implementing the new policy, and may consider randomly selecting employees for testing, during a set schedule throughout

the year.

Francis said some elected officials, including himself, have also agreed to voluntarily submit to random testing.

“If I’m going to require it of others, then I’ll be the first to say that we should be tested, too,” he said.

Carson Gerber is a Kokomo Tribune reporter. He can be reached at 765-854-6739, or by email at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.