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Sanitation workers without proper driving credentials slowly return to work

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More than two dozen DeKalb County sanitation workers ran into trouble after a CBS46 investigation revealed that they were driving their garbage trucks without proper credentials.

“It’s a violation of county policy for certain. We’ve got them all off the street,” DeKalb County spokesperson Burke Brennan said.

We obtained records which show that 25 drivers had expired medical cards associated with their commercial driver’s license and should not have been driving. One employee was driving on expired credentials for nearly two years. 

“They are off the road right now not because of an expired CDL, but because those blue cards are expired and the blue cards are a violation of our standard operating procedure,” Brennan said.

CBS46 learned that 18 of the 25 county employees we first reported on have now received medical re-certification and are back on the job.

DeKalb County Sanitation Director Billy Malone told CBS46, “I have also instructed my teams to check both the license and blue card at each weekly safety meeting. Anyone with an expiring blue card within a 60 day period must notify HR to set up a renewal physical.”

I’m very disappointed I haven’t heard back from leadership,” DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester said.

Jester said she contacted Malone after learning about the oversight, but never got a response.

“No one is giving me answers and I think we’ve got a great liability exposure and it speaks to leadership at the top. Nobody’s watching the store. We do not have professional management in place,” Jester said.

Jester told CBS46 that she will hold a press conference immediately following Tuesday’s board of commissioner's meeting to make a major statement regarding the future of leadership in DeKalb County.

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