Manatee sheriff's office secretary appeals firing

jdeleon@bradenton.comAugust 23, 2013 

MANATEE -- A Manatee County Sheriff's Office secretary fired for allegedly padding her time card is appealing to get her job back.

Amy Westberry was fired from her job as a secretary for the Enforcement Bureau after an internal investigation reportedly determined she claimed hours she did not work on her time card in May.

A Career Service Appeal Board will meet to hear Westberry's appeal at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Manatee County Sheriff's Operations Center.

The extra hours were discovered May 20, the same day she submitted the questionable time card.

Westberry denied intentionally falsifying her time card in sworn testimony, according to the internal affairs report.

Records indicated Westberry entered the payroll system numerous times and made adjustments to the days in question prior to submitting her time card.

During the investigation of the misconduct, Westberry repeatedly claimed she notified her supervisor she needed the hours corrected, however, it was determined she had opportunities to do so herself and didn't.

Westberry began working at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office in June 1998.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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