by Carol Thompson
An employee of the Oswego County Clerk’s office has been formally charged with insubordination for failing to train another employee.
The charge is the most recent in a string of controversies surrounding the office.
As of Jan. 3, the clerk’s office added the position of senior index clerk. Index clerk Claudia Gamble was promoted to the senior clerk position, however, she said she has not been performing the job duties, including training, although county records show she receives the pay.
The job description for the senior index clerk states the incumbent “is responsible for training new clerical employees…”
The clerk’s office also added the position of deputy clerk of operations and appointed Matthew Bacon to the position. Bacon’s position also lists training as a job duty.
Despite two supervisors who are required to perform training under their job descriptions, the employee who now faces an unpaid 30-day suspension, was asked Aug. 22 to “show” a co-worker various job duties.
The employee, an index clerk, said she responded that she was not comfortable training others. Tuesday, the employee was served with the formal charge.
The reason Gamble is not doing the training is because she has yet to be trained for her senior index position. She said Wednesday that she does not intend to file a grievance at this time.
“I’m going to wait to see what happens,” she said.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle are viewing the most recent incident as an act of retaliation and lack of management in the clerk’s office.
“I was under the impression when Matt Bacon’s job was forced through that he would be responsible for training,” Legislator Shawn Doyle said Wednesday.
He added that he did not feel it was proper for county clerk management to ask a union employee to work out of class title.
“This is another example of the hostile work environment the employees of the clerk’s office have had to labor under for far too long,” he said.
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