By Randy Mitchell
ROFF — A missing time card caused quite a stir Monday at a Roff City Council meeting.
The time card belonged to Roff Police Chief Glenn Bohanon. During police department reports, Bohanon said he believed Councilman Ed Tingle lost it.
“I do have one issue still, regarding my time card that’s missing,” Bohanon said. “I was only able to collect on five hours of overtime. The one (time card) that Ed Tingle said he had last, so I’m going to take it that he lost it.”
Bohanon said he believed there were 10 to 12 hours of overtime on the timecard before it went missing.
“I’m still a little short on cash that I probably would’ve paid on my water bill had Ed not messed with my time card,” Bohanon said.
Later in the meeting, discussions grew heated while the council discussed the availability of employee records and where time cards should be kept.
Tingle said he checked Bohanon’s missing time card after he saw Bohanon was not working while on the clock.
“The reason I checked it is, I was coming back from Ada about ten o’clock that morning — I had to go back three times that day — and the police car was parked right there on 14th Street until sometime after lunch,” Tingle said. “I came back to see it (the timecard), and he’d never punched out. I looked at it, and someone here called him and said I was looking at the card. He came in and all of a sudden, it became missing, because he knew that I knew he’d punched in and wasn’t on the job.”
In later discussion, councilors disagreed about where time cards should be kept.
“There is no reason whatsoever that those cards can’t be placed right up there, where I can come in and I can check them anytime I want to,” Tingle said.
Councilman Todd McCaskill said, “You know what, you can go up there as a city council member and say, ‘Glenn, I need to see your time card.’”
“Then you can’t find Glen and he won’t answer his cell phone,” Tingle argued. “He can keep it right up there just like every employee does, because I want to know when he’s on duty or not.”
McCaskill suggested that city employees keep their timecards in their personal possession so the cards couldn’t be misplaced, but they should be available at the council’s request.
“What you’re trying to do is to make it so he can hide whether he is on duty or not,” Tingle said. “That’s exactly what you’re doing!”
“No. No, I’m not,” McCaskill fired back. “All I’m trying to do is safeguard the time cards. Let’s safeguard that and let’s...”
“Safeguard, my foot!” Tingle yelled.
The tension between McCaskill and Tingle increased, and the discussion grew louder.
“The reason I’m saying let’s safeguard is because the town of Roff minutes for the past two years is gone,” McCaskill said.
“What did you do with them?” Tingle asked.
“No, don’t even go there,” McCaskill responded.
McCaskill suggested keeping the time cards in a locked box with Plexiglas over the cards and giving each employee a key for access.
“I’ve got a better idea than that,” Tingle said. “When they come over, have ‘em make duplicate cards and carry one to their office. Leave one there. What you’re trying to say is, you don’t want me to know where the policemen are.”
McCaskill said: “I really don’t care whether you know where the policemen are or not. Let’s safeguard the time sheets!”
I do care where they are!” Tingle yelled.
Mayor Lyle Hedges made a motion to table the issue, since no progress was being made, and the matter was tabled.
The council also approved up to $2,500 to repair a Roff fire truck. Firefighters said if the truck costs more than $2,500, it wouldn’t be worth fixing.