Yesterday, I told you that "staff training and development" costs are out of control under NorCo HR Director Amy Trapp. In her first year at the helm of that department, she shackled taxpayers with a $56,758.14 bill, over ten times the norm. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Most afternoons, the aroma of popcorn wafts through the thin air on the third floor. That's because Amy Trapp installed a popcorn machine in her office. An $800 popcorn machine that she obtained by raiding the health and wellness fund. Now taxpayers were spared the cost of this purchase. That's because it was paid for by county workers with the money taken out of their salaries for health care. Capital Blue Cross gives some of the money back to the county, which has been used in the past for gym memberships and exercise classes.
Trapp used it to buy a $800 popcorn machine.
Now in fairness, this machine was used for one day this year at NorCo's health and wellness fair. But now it's used for the third floor HR peeps.
She also used her county credit card to pay for the flights of two people from her department to Las Vegas for "training" on Neogov HR software. They stayed at the Mirage Hotel.
"I had no idea NeoGov was going to require Las Vegas training," said Controller Steve Barron, who is growing increasingly disturbed at what appears to be abuse.
Another "training" seminar was booked in New Orleans, but was canceled.
Three of her staffers were allowed to spend $862 each to purchase reception chairs outside of their offices. In the meantime, telephone receptionists in the rotunda have chairs like this:
I'm informed her office also includes new furniture, a television (there must be an HR network) and even a painting.
It certainly appears that she is causing an incredible amount of waste (let's not forget $30,000 for time clocks).
Yesterday, I filed a right-to-know to review the expenses being claimed by her, Executive John Brown and other top county officials.
She must think she is still employed by Fed Ed in Allentown.