County Recreation Commission Demanding Policy on Background Checks

By Michael Klazema on 8/10/2012

The Burke County Parks and Recreation Commission in South Carolina is seeking to standardize the policy on background checks for volunteers. According to Gary Craigo, County Recreation Director, they have been attempting to draft a policy for quite some time that would standardize background checks amongst the 16 youth organizations across the county. Chairman of the Recreation Commission, Kevin Reese states that towns throughout the county have been conducting the checks, “but it hasn’t been mandatory” and they have been using “their own criteria.” He said the commission feels it would be best if the policy was more uniform and “everybody was using the same company.”

In the past, a major roadblock to passing a uniform policy was concern of the cost of the background checks, according to Craigo. However, the policy that was just approved by the county Commissioners Board would call for the individual youth organizations to foot the bill of the background checks. The policy requires yearly background checks for all volunteers, at $8 per check. Reese said that although the individual organizations will need to pay for all of the checks, volunteers are welcome to pay for their own check if they are willing. The volunteers who will need to complete a background check include board members and officers of youth organizations, coaches, and assistants. Reese estimates the number of volunteers who will be affected by the new policy to be from 500 to 1000.

The policy has set forth certain guidelines of what type of offenses that would disqualify a potential volunteer. Those found guilty of any sex offense, violent felony, or any violent misdemeanors or misdemeanor drug and alcohol offenses that involved a minor would automatically be disqualified, regardless of how much time has passed since the offense. Additionally, other felony and misdemeanor offenses that would be considered harmful to a minor committed within a range of five to ten years past completion of probation or date of release, depending on the charge and offense, would also result in disqualification. According to Craigo, the newly passed policy is “good…for our parks and recreation department.” If volunteers have a disqualifying charge on their records, they will not be allowed to volunteer until they meet the requirements of the policy.

Tightening requirements on background check policies by community recreation departments are becoming more commonplace. As discussed in the recent article, Audit Shows City Rec Department is Not Following Proper Hiring Procedures, there can be real consequences when everyone working closely with children are not vetted thoroughly. Keeping children safe in the community should be a priority for everyone. By using a reputable company like, you can be assured you are getting the best and most thorough background check screening techniques available. With access to countless criminal databases nationwide they have many options available, several with instant results. Their US OneSEARCH gives you instant information from more than 430 million criminal records from counties, Department of Corrections (DOC), Administration of Courts (AOC) and State Sex Offender Registries covering 49 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. Also included are national and international terrorism sources, more than 11 million photos, and their proprietary database of previously completed reports.

About - - a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and cofounder of the Expungement Clearinghouse - serves thousands of customers nationwide, from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies by providing comprehensive screening services. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with an Eastern Operations Center in Chapin, S.C., is home to one of the largest online criminal conviction databases in the industry. For more information about backgroundchecks’ offerings, please visit



Tag Cloud
Recent Posts

Latest News

  • March 20 Employers who use E-Verify must follow the proper steps and procedures when they receive a “tentative non-confirmation notice” from either the Social Security Administration or Department of Homeland Security. Failure to follow the proper procedures can cost employers both time and money. 
  • March 20

    Four Department of Commerce employees are out after their background checks resulted in security clearance denials. All four had worked high-ranking positions for months despite incomplete background checks.

  • March 15 As more states legalize the recreational use of cannabis, they contend with the emergence of new industries surrounding marijuana cultivation and production. 
  • March 14 In most cases, it is easy to determine where an issue might show up on a pre-employment background check. Citations for traffic violations or reckless driving charges will appear on a motor vehicle record check. Verdicts in a civil court case will show on a civil court background check. And criminal convictions—from petty theft to violent felonies—show up on criminal background checks.
  • March 13 How many years back do employment background checks go? This question can have multiple different answers depending on the situation.
  • March 13 A new bill in Florida would require landlords of apartment complexes to present tenants with verifications of employee background checks to give them peace of mind the people working in and around their homes are trustworthy.
  • March 08 Police officers working with the University of Texas at Arlington recently arrested a man who had avoided police capture on a warrant out of Oregon for nearly two decades. The man, whose real name is Daniel Charles Ray Hanson, spent those 17 years using a variety of fake names and identification documents to move around the country, often engaging with educational institutions under false pretenses. Police say Hanson regularly went by at least three different aliases. He sports a rap sheet that stretches back to an arson conviction in 1995. 
  • March 07

    The Future of EEOC Guidance in Texas Is Up in the Air

    The EEOC issued guidance in 2012 warning employers about the dangers of enforcing categorical policies to bar candidates with criminal histories. That guidance is not enforceable in Texas thanks to a recent court ruling.

  • March 05 Vermont is the latest state to restrict employers’ access to and use of social media accounts of employees and applicants. 
  • March 01 In an age of "industry disruptors" turning established business models on their heads, companies such as Uber and Lyft rely on a unique workforce of individuals outside the traditional employer-employee context. Uber calls them "partners" while other businesses refer to them as "independent contractors," the official classification these individuals use for tax purposes. Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) revealed they had warned a business, Postmates, for misclassifying their staff as independent contractors. In the NLRB's determination, these individuals were employees.