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Bossier City to keep zero tolerance policy on alcohol use

Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker has revisited the issue regarding the city’s policy on alcohol testing for city employees and as a result, has decided the city will maintain its zero tolerance position on the matter.

Bossier City Mayor Lorenz "Lo" Walker
Bossier City Mayor Lorenz “Lo” Walker

Mayor Walker made the announcement at Tuesday’s Bossier City Council agenda meeting.

Last week Mayor Walker altered city policy to prohibit blood alcohol concentration of city employees while on the job at .04% or higher after a city employee was found to have an alcohol concentration of .007% when the employee accidentally damaged a tarp arm on city dump truck while cleaning the truck with a piece of machinery.

As he expressed at the April 5, 2016 city council meeting, the mayor felt it was unfair to terminate the employee for having such a minimal amount of alcohol in his system per the city’s zero tolerance alcohol policy.

After much reconsideration and consultation with his staff, Mayor Walker has decided to keep the city’s zero tolerance policy in place which prohibits city employees from having any amount of alcohol in their system while at work. In doing so the employee in question was subsequently terminated.

Contrary to some news media reports, the mayor at no time changed the city’s long standing policy that prohibits city employees from drinking alcohol while on the job, in city vehicles or in vehicles used for city business.

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