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Tenn. dispatchers in trouble for use of IM system

8,700 pages of messages in investigation, 'inappropriate' use cited

By Chattanooga Times Free Press staff

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn.  An investigation begun six months ago found that 11 Hamilton County Emergency District employees "repetitively and inappropriately" misused an emergency instant messaging feature and violated policies, resulting in disciplinary actions up to and including termination.

The investigation concluded Thursday, according to a news release from the district.

Full story: Tenn. dispatchers in trouble for use of IM system

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David Allen David Allen Saturday, April 28, 2012 4:21:40 AM so they punish people who are obviously doing their job properly (NO evidence that anyone was put at risk) just because they message each other. Good motivational skills there Hamilton!
Mackle Mart Mackle Mart Saturday, April 28, 2012 2:52:35 PM So why the big investigation? Why not just put out a memo once it was discovered, reminding employees that it was a violation of policy and that violations in the future would result in discipline? My opinion is that there are too many upper managers that need to justify their jobs, so they are creating investigations to make it seem as though their job is necessary.

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