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Fort Smith May Update Its Domestic Violence Policy

FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith leaders may soon update the city’s domestic violence policy, according to documents included in the agenda for an upcoming meetin...
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FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith leaders may soon update the city’s domestic violence policy, according to documents included in the agenda for an upcoming meeting.

The Board of Directors is set to discuss adding to its policy at a study session Tuesday. The new wording would add language in the non-uniformed employee handbook relating to “conduct unbecoming or dereliction of duty.”

The proposal does not state how exactly the policy might affect how supervisors would respond to domestic violence situations with employees. The language, though, is a response to a “branstorming session” city leaders had in October, according to a memo from the city’s human resources department to city administrator Ray Gosack.

“The city’s policies are written in such manner that they allow the city to address domestic violence, as well as other off-duty behavior that may affect an employee’s ability to perform their duties with the city,” the memo reads.

The memo states the current policy has “served the city very well” and allows supervisors to hold violating employees accountable, but notes the policy is handled on a case-by-case basis since “no two circumstances are the same.”