The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will meet with Automatic Data Processing representatives Tuesday to discuss possible solutions to issues the office is having with a timecard system the department began using in late April.
Sheriff Ronnie Strength said a majority of his department’s staff has not been using the timecards because they do not work with its schedules.
“It is not feasible for a lot of our people because they do not have set schedules,” Strength said.
On April 28, employees were issued plastic cards for electronic time clocks that allowed them to check in and out at the places where deputies work, instead of keeping track of their hours with paper time sheets.
In April, Col. Gary Powell said electronic timekeeping would help supervisors better track employee hours and make adjustments to schedules before overtime and compensatory time became problems.
Strength said the timecard system works for the administrators who work set hours, but road patrol and investigators who can be called in at any time cannot be expected to report to the office or a substation before and after an assignment.
“We aren’t going to make them drive back to the station at 4 in the morning and punch out,” Strength said.
Currently, a deputy who cannot get back to the station to clock out will tell a supervisor the next day the time he or she left, and the supervisor will record it.
Powell said the meeting with ADP will help determine an answer.
“I don’t know what they are going to present,” Strength said. “They may have a solution.”