Former WoMBat amigo Brian Hazelett has made an issue about the City’s lack of an employee manual, and why can’t the Lorain Admin simply copy and paste one from another city?
Personally, I didn’t think this was an ethical thing to do, because the City obviously put some time into the production of the manual, and to have someone else come along and pilfer it and use it as their own sounded wrong.
So, in an effort to see if Lorain really could copy/paste, I emailed the Mayor of the City of Findlay:
Mayor (Pete) Sehnert,
I’m sorry to bother you but I need you to answer a simple question for me. I live in the City of Lorain. Mayor Tony Krasienko mentioned over a month ago that he was surprised that the City of Lorain did not have a handbook for its employees, and announced that one would be drawn up for them. One of his critics has been doing a ‘handbook countdown’, waiting for the completion of this manual. When told it may take some time to pull one together, this critic stated ‘all someone has to do is copy/paste one from another city.’
What would your feelings be, as Mayor, if you found out that someone copied your manual, word for word, and distributed it to another city’s employees, without so much as asking or acknowledging the source? This same critic seems to think that if the manual was drawn up by one of your city employees at some point in time, then that employee was obviously paid with taxes from the citizens, and since we pay taxes in Lorain, too, that we, as taxpayers would be entitled to your handbook.
I’m sorry to waste your time with this, but I needed to ask someone in charge of another city their opinion.
Reply? Zip. Thanks for nothing, Mr. Mayor.
So, I emailed Becky Ames, Mayor of Beaumont, Texas the very same letter. (Findlay and Beaumont were two cities that were in the first page of results when I Googled ‘city employee manual’.-hh)
Results? Same as Findlay. Thanks so much for your time, Madame Mayor.
So, still in search of some sort of closure, I Googled again and came up with the City of Clinton, Oklahoma. I wrote an abbreviated version of the above, and sent it off. I crossed my fingers this time.
Reply? YUP! Must’ve been the fingers crossed.
Very brief reply, and many thanks to Grayson Bottom, City Manager of Clinton, for taking the time to do so.
Our employee handbook is a public record under Oklahoma State Law. We even publish it on the internet. While I would appreciate a call, anyone can use it.
So, there ya go. Copy and Paste could be a solution. But according to a recent post by Loraine Ritchey, there are people? working on an employee manual for the City, as we speak. We could see this manual, in our lifetime!!
With that said, I extend an apology to my buddy Brian for doubting him on this. And I will continue to read his countdown on the forum with a small smile.
Copy and paste: Who’da thunk it?
Has anyone shown the Board of Education how to do this with their agendas?