Oswego County legislators want ‘farming’ employee to reimburse taxpayers

by Carol Thompson

As Oswego County legislators wait for a new computer use policy to be drafted, some lawmakers are calling for an employee who allegedly played a computer game while on county time to reimburse the taxpayers.

“No county employee should be spending that much time playing games on the computer and should be held accountable for it,” Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said, adding that the taxpayers are entitled to reimbursement of the salary collected while playing the game on county time.

As reported in the Feb. 22 issue of The Valley News, the personal Facebook page of a highly paid employee working in administration, indicated the application game Farmville was played on county time.

Time sheets for the employee, obtained under the Freedom of Information Law, show that the employee was at work at the times when Farmville posts appeared.

Players can complete various tasks or make requests for materials to post on their personal Facebook page. Each posting is date and time stamped.

The time sheets were obtained for a five-week period and the employee’s Facebook page was obtained for the same time period. The pages show almost daily play throughout the workday. The time sheets also show the employee works a seven hour day with one hour listed under “additional hours.”

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