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December 3, 2013

Commissioners discuss Bentley’s dual employment

CLAREMORE —

The Rogers County Commissioners met Monday in executive session to discuss the employment of Human Resources Director Jenny Bentley.
However, the open-session meeting took only 18 minutes before the board met for an hour behind closed doors.
The board met two weeks ago to discuss Bentley’s dual employment with Delaware County and Rogers County. 
No discussion or action on the item was made public at that time. 
On Monday, the commissioners, Assistant District Attorney David Iski and Bentley met privately to continue discussions taking no action upon reconvening in regular session. 
Bentley has been working with Delaware County since August and became a part-time employee of the county in September.
Prior to her employment with Delaware County, she was paid as a consultant, invoicing the county using her home address and Rogers County cell phone number.
The cell phone has been included in discussions as Bentley’s contract includes a $100 monthly stipend for her cell phone.
The phone is paid for by Rogers County. 
County officials have claimed Delaware County will be paying a portion of the phone bill.
Her original contract did not reflect the payment to Rogers County, instead directly to Bentley.
The Rogers County Clerk’s office has no record of reimbursements from Delaware County this year. 
The contract requires Bentley to work 20 hours a week for Delaware County. She has listed her primary points of contact for the work as by phone or via email, according to records obtained from Delaware County.
An open records request was filed on Oct. 4 by the Claremore Progress to obtain Bentley’s Rogers County email records.
Those records have been waiting on Iski’s review since Oct. 4, according to Information Technology Director Brett Williston.
The request includes the email accounts of Bentley and Teresa Jackson, first deputy for Rogers County Clerk Robin Anderson.

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