March 17, 2011 by wcobserver
City’s Personnel Handbook Prohibits Drug Use
WEST FORK- A member of West Fork’s volunteer fire department has been found guilty and fined for two misdemeanor drug charges.
Charles Ray Boone, 36, of West Fork, appeared before Judge Casey Jones at West Fork District Court on March 1 and was ordered to pay $420 in fines and court costs. Boone’s jail time of 90 days was suspended provided he has no drug-related offenses in the next 12 months. He was also given one year of probation.
Pauletta Welch, Chief Clerk, West Fork District Court said Boone, like other first time offenders, can petition the court after one year to have his record expunged if he has no alcohol or drug related charges during that time.
Boone was charged by West Fork Police on Feb. 6 with possession of a controlled substance and possession or use of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanor charges. Following his arrest, Fire Chief Mitch McCorkle suspended Boone from the fire department for 30 days. McCorkle said that Boone has served in the fire department for 16 years.
The city’s personnel handbook was updated last year and prohibits drug use.
“Communication has not been the best…how the volunteer fire department interacts with the city in terms of its handbook. We have some things to work out,” said Mayor Frances Hime.
“I think there will be some changes. I don’t know when they’ll happen, but can guarantee they will happen,” Hime said.
Asked if some of these changes might include mandatory drug testing, Hime replied, “I think mandatory drug testing is coming for all city employees.”