Manatee sheriff's secretary termination upheld

jdeleon@bradenton.comAugust 29, 2013 

MANATEE -- The termination of a Manatee County Sheriff's Office secretary, fired after she padded her timecard, was upheld Wednesday by a Career Service Appeal Board.

Amy Westberry was fired from her position as a secretary for the Enforcement Bureau when an internal investigation revealed she claimed extra hours on her timecard in May.

Westberry had been an employee with the Sheriff's Office since June 1998.

Westberry's appeal began Wednesday morning and went into the afternoon at the Manatee County Sheriff's Operations Center. A Ca

reer Service Appeal Board is made up of five Sheriff's Office employees: two chosen by each party and a fifth agreed to by both parties.

Westberry's timecard was discovered to have extra hours May 20, the same day it was submitted.

Internal Affairs records indicate Westberry adjusted her timecard during numerous times she is documented to have entered the payroll system.

Westberry has always denied intentionally falsifying her timecard. Westberry claims she notified her supervisor her timecard hours needed to be corrected, despite inputting them correctly herself at one point, and then adjusting them again, according to IA records. The Sheriff's Office ruled since she entered the system multiple time she had plenty of opportunity to adjust the hours herself.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-70-49. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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