County worker fired

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A Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer employee was fired Wednesday for several violations, including taking a nearly two-hour lunch and talking on the phone for nearly two hours while on the clock.

Lisa M. Walker’s firing was accepted Wednesday by Trumbull County Commissioners. Walker, according to disciplinary records obtained by WKBN, was disciplined 10 times since 2002, including a five-day suspension in April.

Records say Walker, after serving the suspension, left work for lunch on June 5, drove in a county vehicle from her Vienna office to Mr. D’s in Brookfield and returned one hour and 39 minutes later.

Testimony by county sanitary engineer Rex Fee showed he pulled a GPS tracking report to find out exactly where Walker went in the car and how long she was gone. When notified, Fee testified, Walker told him “she does it all the time.”

“Mr. Fee stated that Ms. Walker does not take direction and is full of disdain,” a pre-disciplinary conference report says.

Records say Walker also spent 111 minutes on her personal cell phone. Walker granted permission for the county to inspect her cell phone records, which showed she spent nearly two hours on the phone during an eight-hour work shift.

Walker said at a hearing, according to the report, that she “had Blue Tooth that permitted her to talk and work at the same time.”

Walker was put on unpaid administrative leave June 11.

Record show she was previously reprimanded or disciplined for violating policies including the attendance, call-off notification, improperly using a county vehicle and fighting with supervisors about work orders.

She was suspended for five days on April 30 after she was given an assigned to turn on water service for a customer returning home from vacation, which she failed to do. Records say another employee was paid overtime for performing the work after hours.

Records say the suspension also included two incidents of insubordination. She failed to follow orders Feb. 11 to alleviate a meter problem in Champion and refused to ride with a coworker to a job site on Feb. 27.

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