Editor’s Note: In the coming weeks the LaFollette Press will publish a series of stories focused on spending for travel my governmental entities. This is the second in the series.
In 15 months, six people incurred only $4207.11 in travel related expenses in the town of Caryville.
“Our jobs pretty much hold us here,” said town recorder Cheryl Ivey.
Donahue is the town’s administrative assistant and municipal court clerk. She receives yearly court clerk training, as well as training and certification for keying police reports into the statewide Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.
Between Aug. 12, 2011 and Sept. 20, 2012, she received $1,277.98 for meals and mileage. An additional $176.30 was spent on lodging at this year’s TIBRS conference.
Donahue makes regular trips to the bank. According to records, those trips are eight miles long. At the state mileage rate of $.55, each trip to the bank is worth $4.44. The majority of Donahue’s reimbursements are for mileage.
As the administrative assistant and municipal court clerk. She is required go to training yearly for that and she also keys police reports into TIBRS. She has to receive training for that also and be certified.
Expenses totaled $1454.28.
Beyond her normal duties as the town recorder, Ivey has been working to become the town’s certified municipal finance officer. The certification process involves exams every other month, as well as regular study sessions. Besides studying to become a CMFO, Ivey also travels to various conferences in the area, including meetings in Farragut, trips to MTAS in Knoxville, and a trip to Johnson City for a comptroller’s conference.
Ivey’s expenses totaled $1,196.79 for mileage and parking expenses between Sept. 12, 2011 and Oct. 2, 2012. Travel for CMFO exams and study sessions made up $371.91.
Caryville’s police chief sticks close to home, according to financial records.
Since Oct. 18, 2011, Jones has received $156.48 for meals and parking expenses. Registration for two training sessions totaled $65, and the town spent $176.30 for lodging at this year’s TIBRS conference.
Expenses totaled $397.78
Meal reimbursement made up the majority of CPD Officer Kidwell’s expenses. In May, Kidwell attended an Advanced Roadside and Impaired Driving Enforcement class. The town disbursed $115 for meals, and $118.26 for lodging. In October, Kidwell attended Basic Clan Lab Certification School for training regarding methamphetamine. An additional $253 for meals was provided then.
Expenses totaled $486.26
Besides two instances in August, assistant police chief Smith has not traveled as part of her job duties. She received $115 for meals at the TIBRS conference and $165 for meals at the Stewards of the Children Workshop. Lodging at the Stewards workshop was $178, and registration for TIBRS was $90.
Expenses totaled $548.
Walkers’ expenses are the least of the six employees, according to the records. He attended the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy during August 2011, and he was reimbursed $99 for meals.
The town spent $25 on registration fees for POST training.
Expenses totaled $124.
A final look
Between six people, $4207.11 spread across 15 months is equal to an average of $40.07 per month per person.
“It’s kind of hard to get away even when we have to. We do go for what we’re required to take. That’s basically it,” Ivey said.
Several calls to Mayor Chris Stanley seeking comment were not returned.