County considers random drug testing for employees |

County considers random drug testing for employees

Moffat County commissioners are considering adopting a drug and alcohol policy that would include random drug testing for certain county employees.

Commissioners Marianna Raftopoulos and Darryl Steele asked Human Resources Director Lynette Running to investigate such a policy at a meeting Tuesday.

The commissioners are looking into the new policy in light of Moffat County’s methamphetamine problem.

“It’s something that we, as one of the larger employers, need to do,” Steele said.

The county won’t be able to drug test all employees, Steele said. But it can test employees who drive county-owned vehicles.

Employees of the Road and Bridge Department are drug tested when they apply for a commercial driver’s license.

If an employee fails a drug test, the county would fully screen that person for all drugs, Steele said.

After that, what would happen to the employee is unclear.

Steele did not know whether the county had a policy that requires it to assist employees who admit to having a drug problem. Some employers pay for drug rehabilitation for employees who admit to having a problem and request help.

Steele said he would discuss the county’s position with Human Resources.

The commissioners are asking all elected officials in the county to sign off on the policy.

The commissioners hope to have the policy in place as soon as possible.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or

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