An Erie County Job and Family Services employee will receive a three-day unpaid suspension after damaging a department vehicle Oct. 27.
Florence Dyer is accused of causing $1,250 in damages to a county vehicle. The children's services worker struck a parked car while backing out of a driveway in the 200 block of Center St.
She then left the scene of the collision, failed to report the collision to the department and never told staff members what occurred, said Judy Englehart, Erie County Job and Family Services director.
Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth, the hearing officer in this case, concluded Dyer failed to sign out a county vehicle, neglected to inform where she planned to travel on the travel sheet and knowingly hit the parked car. Sigsworth also agreed with Englehart's claims in his findings.
An investigation began after an employee noticed the damages.
Her suspension begins today and resumes on Dec. 15 and Dec. 22. The decision became final after a Dec. 2 executive session involving county commissioners and the agency's assistant director, Aaron Voltz.
"We are following the recommendations of the officer," Voltz said. "This is what we feel needs to be done."
Dyer said she's not allowed to comment on the incident.
No criminal action will take place at this time regarding this incident, Voltz said.
This is the first time in 2010 a county employee has received an unpaid suspension, said Margaret Rudolph, Erie County human resources director.