Knox Co. Trustee Fred Sisk paid thousands in comp time

Knox Co. Trustee Fred Sisk paid thousands in comp time


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Knox County Trustee Fred Sisk blew the whistle on questionable comp time in his office, but now it appears Sisk himself may have benefited from it.

Payroll paperwork obtained by 6 News shows in 2006, as an employee of the trustee's office, Sisk took home more than $18,000 in comp pay.

6 News asked Sisk on Wednesday why he received that amount. He had no comment, saying he was told not to talk about the ongoing investigation.

"I'm not aware of any allegations of Fred Sisk violating any criminal law. In fact, he's reported suspicious things that he may have thought was a violation himself," said District Attorney General spokesman John Gill.

The suspicious payments were reported in early February to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

However, Knox County Commissioner Mike Hammond says there was a huge red flag as early as 2007, when the Roderfer Moss firm pointed out more than 2,600 hours of comp time among the employees and 476 hours, or 63 days, taken by just one employee.

"Is 63 days a lot for one person? Yes, that is a lot. If a private business, for example, had one person turning in a lot of overtime and comp time, you would be asking some questions,"  Hammond says.

According to Hammond, Sisk admitted during a commission meeting that the 63 days was "probably him."

Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale's Office couldn't confirm if it was Sisk, but Frances Fogerson, in the human resources department, said, "It's extremely unusual and it appears as though the employee may have violated the Fair Labor Standard Act."

On Wednesday, the TBI wouldn't release specific details since the trustee's office is under investigation, but they did say every employee of the trustee's office is being looked into.

The TBI expects the investigation to last another two to three months. The findings will be handed over to the DA's office.

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