The City of Hamilton is making a long list of changes to the way cash is handled in the wake of a million dollar theft from city coffers.
It was learned earlier this year that a million dollars in cash payments was siphoned off over nine years. One city worker was fired and a police investigation is underway.
Brad Clark is amongst the councillors giving initial approval to the new cash handling policy, calling it “long overdue”.
Under the new policy, which still requires City Council approval, the employee who collects the cash cannot also be the employee who deposits the cash or records the transactions.
As well, managers will be required to conduct unannounced and periodic audits of cash transactions.
Staff morale continues a popular topic at Hamilton City Hall, as well.
Discussions turned in that direction during the latest meeting of the Audit, Finance and Administration Committee based on a quarterly report involving employee absenteeism.
City employees took an average of 2.66 sick days during the second quarter of this year, up from 2.51 sick days for the same period in 2012.