Lake Havasu supervisor again proposes time clock for county workers

November 14, 2018

KINGMAN — A Mohave County supervisor will bring back the idea of county employees punching an electronic time clock on Monday.

District 3 Sup. Buster Johnson again is proposing to install electronic time clocks for county employees to keep better track of their time and attendance. The process would be modeled after Maricopa County.

Johnson first brought up the proposal in May 2013, but the supervisors postponed the idea indefinitely in October 2013. Johnson argued that a time clock would save thousands of hours in staff time and taxpayer money.

Johnson, of Lake Havasu City, said thousands of hours a year are wasted by employees filling out paper time sheets every two weeks. The time sheets are then sent to payroll, which inputs the sheets into the computer system.

Disadvantages to using an electronic time clock system include the cost to implement and maintain the time clocks and its system. The county has about 986 employees with access to computers. Detention officers and public works employees, especially those working in remote areas, don’t have access to computers.

Time clocks could cost almost a quarter-million dollars. Employees in large departments would have to line up at the time clock at exactly 8 a.m. causing some people to be early or late. Employees who come in early, work late or work on weekends would have to be paid overtime.

County employees who deal with the public at windows, such as the treasurer’s office, might have to be paid overtime since state law requires those windows be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other issues include the possible loss of a badge or the waste of time by multiple times clocking in and out.

The board of supervisors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the county administration building, 700 W. Beale St. in Kingman.

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