• Directed staff to draft a new policy governing employees' use of county-owned computers.

    The direction came after a 25-minute closed session in which the commission discussed concerns about computer viruses and the possibility that some employees were misusing county computers, said county administrator Ed Elam.


    In other business, the Ford County Commission:
    • Directed staff to draft a new policy governing employees' use of county-owned computers.
    The direction came after a 25-minute closed session in which the commission discussed concerns about computer viruses and the possibility that some employees were misusing county computers, said county administrator Ed Elam.
    • Earmarked up to $10,000 in the county's 2008 budget so the sheriff's office could repair some of its current vehicles.
    The commission also said it would not consider the sheriff's request to replace those vehicles with new ones until after the proposed budget for the new jail is clearer.
    • Said it would not consider the fire/EMS department's request to buy tablet computers and other equipment, after fire/EMS chief Russ Smith said he was willing to take that item off the agenda.
    Smith said the request was intended to make the commission aware that his department needed additional equipment that could not have been included in the 2008 budget.
    In the meantime, the county's technology committee will review the department's request for tablet computers in light of ensuring the computers are secure.
    • Scheduled a work session for Jan. 12 to discuss placing eligible employees who are exempt from receiving overtime on salary as a cost-cutting move.
    The work session will begin at 10 a.m., following a swearing-in ceremony for new or re-elected county officials.