Whitehall police have closed an investigation, without filing any charges, into a complaint from the city's administration regarding time worked by a city employee.
A police report filed in July listed a part-time employee as a suspect. The offense is listed as theft in office, a fifth-degree felony.
"A police report was filed and an investigation was initiated based on that complaint," Whitehall police detective John Grebb said.
The complaint concerned what Grebb described as "theft of time."
It was determined that no charges would be filed, Grebb said, and that determination was reported to the administration.
Ann Lund, the city's human-resources director, filed the police report on behalf of the city, the alleged victim.
According to the report, a Whitehall police officer met with Lund on June 28. Lund "reported a discrepancy in time sheets and actual work hours" for the employee, whom ThisWeek isn't naming because no charges have been filed.
According to the police report, Lund told police an internal investigation showed the employee's time sheet did not correspond with time at work when compared to key-card entries into City Hall.
The report indicates that with the exception of the front doors of City Hall during weekday business hours, a key card is required to access the building.
According to the report, no video camera is installed in the hallways of the building, and the employee didn't use a time clock.
Multiple entries on the employee's time sheet do not correspond with swipes of the employee's card, the report states.
According to the report, the employee claimed on time sheets to have worked five days in 2017 that do not correspond to an electronic swipe of a key card. Those days are Sunday, Jan. 22; Friday, May 12; Saturday, May 13; Friday, May 19; and Sunday, June 4, the report reads.
Lund told police the employee could have accessed the building without using the key card by using the front door during business hours or by another person opening a different door with a different key card.
Whitehall police told the administration that under the advice of the county prosecutor's office, they were closing the investigation.
The employee submitted a letter Aug. 25, declaring resignation effective Aug. 18, council President Jim Graham said.
Graham said the human-resources department made him aware of the discrepancies, adding that he had suggested that police conduct the investigation.
He said he had informed other council members about the investigation during a closed-door session.
The employee had indicated to Graham about four days earlier that he or she "was going to resign," Graham said.
The letter did not indicate a reason for the resignation, he said.
Graham said the employee was not asked to step down.
ThisWeek's attempts to reach the employee for comment were not successful.
When asked about the monetary value of the discrepancy, Lund replied via email that "nothing was estimated for this employee.
Graham also said it was "no specific amount," adding that without a time clock, "it's hard to pin down."
"I've heard different amounts," he said.
The employee's hourly rate was $30.69 at the time of resignation, Lund said.