PSC votes to suspend manager over phone misuse

The Alabama Public Service Commission has voted 2-1 to suspend a manager for six weeks, with the dissenting commissioner saying the punishment was insufficient.

Reports indicate that the commission voted on Wednesday to suspend the unidentified manager, who for at least two years used her state-issued cell phone for personal business on state time.

Commissioners Lucy Baxley and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh voted to allow the manager to return to her job if she is willing to serve the suspension, forfeit her state cell phone and agree not to have outside employment without written consent from the commission. She already has repaid the overage charges on the phone.

Commissioner Terry Dunn wanted the manager terminated, saying the punishment is "basically a slap on the wrist."

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