New policy could require all St. Clair County employees to random drug testing

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 6:44 PM

 (KMOV) – St. Clair County is working out the details of a new employee policy that would require all employees to submit to random drug testing.

 State Attorney Brendan Kelly met with members of the county council at a closed door session to go over the potential legal issues and challenges that could come with this new policy.

The ACLU told News 4 that subjecting every county employee to random drug testing goes too far and is an invasion of privacy.

This new policy could take affect just months after the drug overdose death of Circuit judge Joe Crist and the federal indictment of former judge Michael Cook on drug and weapons charges which both were a blow to the county’s creditability.

“I think for many people who are here in the county and employees of the county it is very important to them that they have the trust of the public,” Lee Griffith of Metro East Citizens for Social Progress said.

Currently some county employees are already drug tested but the new county policy would cover all county workers.

Many citizens support the idea. “Good government calls for everybody to be clear and free of any kind of drug usage.”

The ACLU agrees that some employees need to be tested because of the nature of their work could put the safety of the public at risk but they say there’s no need to test all the workers.

“Those kinds of workers or employees should not be subjected to these kinds of degrading and humiliating test, it simply isn’t warranted.”

Kelly said he is working to make sure this policy stands up in court if challenged. 

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