City Councilor in Massachusetts Calls for New Criminal Background Checks

By Michael Klazema on 1/10/2013

Linda Vacon, a city councilor in Holyoke, Massachusetts, has called for new background checks to be conducted on all present municipal employees. Vacon isn’t calling for the background checks because they weren’t conducted when the employees were hired; she just believes that the employees should be checked regularly, so the city can ensure they have only quality employees working for the city. The city employs over 2,000 people, most full time and some part time. The employees consist of teachers, firemen, policemen, and others employed by public offices. In an interview about the background checks, Vacon said that, “Taxpayers fund the salaries of these public employees and I believe this is a minimum level of accountability that should be completed and updated periodically.”

The continual background checks that could possibly be required of the municipal employees would not be a comprehensive nationwide background check, but rather a statewide criminal background check. The checks would be run through the state’s Criminal Offender Record Information system, known as CORI. This is the same systems that the state’s employers, landlords, and background screening companies use for basic criminal background checks. The new continual screenings that Vacon has called for are not because she believes that the municipal employees are not fit for their jobs, she just believes that regular checks would ensure that the current employees stay on track.

Vacon’s request for the background checks is because the city has a new personnel administrator, Robert G. Judge. “We now have a qualified personnel director and it is my intention to support the professional conduct of the office,” said Vacon during her interview. The old personnel administrator was fired in early July of 2012, though the reasons for his dismissal have been withheld by the mayor who says that the matter is private. Before the dismissal of the former personnel director, some people had complaints with how the administrator managed the direction of the personnel department. With Judge in place, Vacon believes that now is the perfect time for some new employee screening, to set everyone at ease and show her faith in the new personnel director.

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