Commissioners' Court to Discuss Participating in Drug-Testing

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -- Just this week, we've heard how the city council plans to discuss the possibility of making random-drug testing mandatory for the council and the mayor. Come next week, county commissioners will be discussing adding commissioners and department director's to the county's random-drug testing policy.

One of the two commissioners who placed this item on the agenda says it's about leveling the playing field. In a nutshell, County Commissioner John Galo describes why he and Commissioner Jaime Canales want to change the drug testing policy for the county. "We should be on an even playing field with our own employees. So, we should be subject to the drug tests."

Just recently, a city council man was arrested on drug charges. Now, not only the city but the county is holding talks about including their elected officials in the random-drug testing policy, one, that county employees are familiar with already. According to the county's rules and regulations, employees must submit themselves to testing at the beginning of employees. in addition to that, county representatives tell us that county employees must continue to submit themselves to random drug-testing throughout the course of their employment.

But would those tests be monthly, bi-monthly, or how often? Commissioner Galo answers, "I guess it would be up to the court, but it should be with the same randomness that the employees are subject to."

Commissioner Galo adds that he believes establishing these random-drug tests would help reinforce trust with county constituents. The commissioners court will be holding their meeting Monday at 9:00 a.m.

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