We’re continuing to follow the Deb Zerafa, Grand Traverse County animal control firing story. County officials swiftly suspended Zerafa following allegations of 4th amendment violations and timesheet falsifications. Zerafa is contesting the allegations. The attention we’ve given the issue has resulted in some of the most-read articles on the site.
One of the allegations is that Zerafa has been dishonest about her time sheets. Essentially, county officials say that amounts to Zerafa receiving pay that she doesn’t deserve for work she didn’t really perform.
So let’s talk about Dirty Traverse for a second.
Since we got started in March, we’ve gotten 51 users from county network computers. That means 51 different employees have looked at dirtytraverse.com on county computers, presumably during work hours.
Those 51 unique users have looked at a total of 1,450 pages on the site. One thousand, four hundred and fifty pages! Each visit lasted on average 3 minutes and 38 seconds.
How did those 51 users find dirtytraverse.com? Well 6 of them came from Facebook.
The most popular page among county network computers is the “About Us” page. All of the Deb Zerafa stuff is also popular reading among county employees.
No, I’m not going to tell you how I have that information.
Do the math and county employees have spent 17.25 total hours looking at dirtytraverse.com. That amounts to hundreds of dollars of time that county employees have spent looking at the site. Presumably, most of that time is while employees were getting paid by the county.
How is that not dishonest to the taxpayers of Grand Traverse County? How is that not right on par with falsifying a time sheet? How do any of those 51 people have any business accusing anyone else of dishonesty?