Pulaski Commissioners Approve Designating Employee Reps for Drug Testing

Pulaski County Commissioners Tracey Shorter, Kenneth Boswell, Michael Tiede

A few changes have been made to the drug testing policy currently in place for Pulaski County employees. Cathy Fritz Consulting is the business authorized by the county to conduct drug testing for employees who operate county vehicles.

Cathy Fritz told the commissioners that she wanted to clear up a few things in an effort to make the drug testing process smoother, which she said includes designating county department heads as “designated employee representatives.” Fritz said these representatives are responsible for sending the employees that have been chosen at random to undergo a drug screen.

A motion was made and approved to designate department heads Nicole Lowry of the county EMS, Sheriff Mike Gayer, Highway Director Kenny Becker, and Recycling Center Director Ed Clark as designated employee representatives for drug testing.

The commissioners authorized Fritz in May to conduct drug testing for county employees to conform to the strict guidelines in place by the Department of Transportation regarding drug testing. She warned the commissioners that the county would be subject to audit to ensure they are in accordance with their guidelines, but did say that it is unlikely unless an accident were to occur.