Smith County Commissioners Considering Tighter Hiring Policies

In the aftermath of the news that two Smith County road and bridge employees being investigated for theft had a criminal history, commissioners are now considering tightening their hiring policies.

Monday, the court discussed revising their application and hiring process. They asked the district attorney's office and the Human Resources department to work together to formulate the new application to better screen applicants without violating civil rights.

"We have to make sure we have the appropriate screening process, especially for those that have access to county assets, such as road materials. Also, we need to look at driver's license checks and make sure we don't have people with bad driving records driving county vehicles," said Commissioner JoAnn Fleming today.

The court will take up this issue again next week, and possibly adopt a tighter policy that includes doing a background checks on all applicants.

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