Effort to monitor work of Allen County Commissioners only partially successful

Linda Bloom, Allen County Commissioner
Therese Brown, Allen County Commissioner
Nelson Peters, Allen County Commissioner

A resolution adopted in late August requiring the three Allen County Commissioners to document their hours worked has been met with only partial compliance.

According to records released Thursday by County Auditor Nick Jordan, Nelson Peters and Therese Brown submitted time sheets covering July through November, but Linda Bloom provided documentation for July and August only.

Although some county officials have questioned Bloom’s work habits, Peters told The News-Sentinel in August the proposal was “not just about Linda. We want to set an example for others to follow.” In addition to reporting hours worked, the commissioners — who comprise county’s executive and legislative branches — are required to certify vacations, personal and sick time and a general description of the work performed.

Peters, who wrote the policy, reported 192.5 hours in July, 197.5 in August, 185 in September, 213 in October and 153.5 in November.

Brown reported 146 hours in July, 166 in August, 161.5 in September, 146 in October and 145 in November.

Bloom reported 142 hours in July and 175.5 hours in August.

In general, the reports submitted by Peters and Brown are more detailed than Bloom’s, who has been dealing with health-related issues and will not seek re-election next year to the $71,000-per-year post she has held since 1995 after previously serving as county auditor, treasurer and in the assessor’s office. All three commissioners are Republicans.

Bloom has said she will support the candidacy of Rich Beck, corporate sales manager of STAR Financial Bank and chairman of the Allen County Redevelopment Commission.

Brown called Bloom’s incomplete reports “unfortunate inasmuch as it was an attempt to be transparent for our constituents.”

Peters added, “It’s disappointing (all three commissioners) agreed to a policy not everyone is in compliance with.” There are no penalties for non-compliance.