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Social media could be restricted for Clark County employees

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email
They say time is valuable and too many employees are wasting it on social media while on the clock.

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CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) They say time is valuable and too many employees are wasting it on social media while on the clock.

So now, Clark County leaders are discussing an ordinance that would ban county employees from posting or viewing social media pages while on county time.

For many of us, it's become a habit---a daily ritual of getting on the computer and logging onto various social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

But one judge-executive believes these sites could present problems for county employees in the future which is why he's trying to pass a policy that will prevent these sites from becoming problems in the workplace.

“The reason the fiscal court thought they needed to be proactive in doing this is because the emerging popularity of Facebook and all the things that are associated with that. So we thought we needed to step in and set a policy that would guide the employees on the proper use in regard to county government,” Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham said.

The Clark County Fiscal Court recently approved the first reading of an ordinance that would restrict county employees from using social media at work with one exception.

“In regard to social media, if they want to use that for a promotion of a county department we encourage that but we want the fiscal court to look at what they are going to put on the Facebook page,” Branham said.

We spent Thursday afternoon in Winchester asking locals what their thoughts were on the ordinance and those who spoke with us certainly seemed to have strong opinions on the matter.

“When it comes to any government officials, they need to be doing their job not playing around and not surfing the web and talking to their friends,” said Billy G. Barrymon, who lives in Clark County.

As for the county employees, the judge-executive says many of them actually support the ordinance.

Judge Branham says now that all parties are in agreement, the final step is putting the policy in place. The second reading on the ordinance will be July 24th.

He says they will only investigate an employees' use of social media if a complaint is made.

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