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TIME & JUDGEMENT
We have all wanted or needed to be in two places at once at one time or another in our busy lives.
When life pulls us in two different directions we are faced with making a decision.
That decision is usually made based on many factors, what we feel is best, what is morally correct, which is more important to us and others.
We use our judgement to decide because we know we cannot be in two places at once. It appears, however, that Carlos Acosta has this ability,
After being forewarned that he is/was “expressly prohibited from engaging in political activities on state time”, it appears as if he neglected to take this warning seriously, or his own self interests clouded his judgement.
This documentation indicates he “double dipped” and shows he was on state time at DCFS, being paid by DCFS during the same time he was sitting in his seat for his elected position on the count board.
This is extremely unethical and possibly fraudulent in nature.
Being paid by DCFS but not actually being there to perform his job duties.
There appears to be a pattern and precedence set forth by Carlos Acosta.
There needs to be further investigation into this matter, not only for these time cards and incidents presented here, but also during the campaigning season, when he had knocked on thousands of doors, held meet and greets with the public etc.
If Carlos Acosta was overworked then his time at DCFS and the cases he was working on should reflect that he did not take time away from his DCFS resposibilities during normal business hours.
Discrepancies have been found in Mr. Acosta’s own accounting of his whereabouts on the following dates and times.
• February 28, 2019 his DCFS time sheet shows his entered start time at 12:00 pm. County Board Minutes and video show he was in attendance until 12:35 pm.
• March 14, 2019, his DCFS time sheet shows his entered start time at 12:00 pm. County Board Minutes and video show he was in attendance until 12:25 pm.
• April 11, 2019, his DCFS time sheet shows his entered start time at 12:00 pm. County Board Minutes and video show he was in attendance until 12:39 pm
Could there be instances of this same impropriety, where he was on the clock at DCFS but engaged in “political activities”?
Hopefully his lack of integrity combined with poor judgement didn’t affect the well-being of another child?
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The dot points above and links to meetings were sent to Acosta for comment yesterday afternoon.
No reply has been received.
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The following was received after the article was posted:
I just saw this now. It went into my spam folder.
As you know, state employees work an 8.5 hr day (8:30 am to 5 pm), but only get paid for 7.5 hours.
There is a built-in unpaid lunch hour.
As I understand our contract, if an employee uses benefit time for less than half of the business day (less than 4.25 hrs), they can also utilize their unpaid lunch hour.
The contract only states that the lunch hour shall be utilized (I’m paraphrasing) at the middle of their shift.
For example, an employee that takes 4 hrs. off in the afternoon (1 pm to 5 pm) could actually leave during their unpaid lunch from 12 – 1.
One of the quirks of our (old) timekeeping system is that the hours in a day must equal 8.5.
So the above example would be coded as working from 8:30 until 1 pm (4.5 hrs) and then on benefit time from 1 pm to 5 pm (4 hrs.).
On the days referenced, I was utilizing benefit time from 8:30 am until 12 pm.
I utilized my unpaid lunch hour from 12 pm to 1 pm and reported to work at 1 pm.
The timesheet correctly shows 8:30 am to 12 pm (3.5 hrs) benefit time and 12 pm to 5 pm (5 hrs) contracted time, which equals 8.5 hours.
Hope that clarifies this.
Carlos J. Acosta, LCSW, CISW
McHenry Co. Board District 5