[단독] Director of Daejeon Dong-gu Community Support Center, who attended graduate school during working hours

[단독] Director of Daejeon Dong-gu Community Support Center, who attended graduate school during working hours

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Public opinion calls for resignation due to lack of compensation for salary recovery

The director of the Daejeon Dong-gu Community Support Center is causing controversy after it was belatedly revealed that he attended graduate school during working hours. There is growing public opinion that the center director, who is in charge of employee attendance and duty management, should resign, along with criticism that his laxity in service discipline and abuse of authority have gone too far.

According to Daejeon Dong-gu on the 29th, Mr. A, head of the Dong-gu Community Support Center, received a salary refund of 1.7 million won for not only working hours but also going on business trips to attend a graduate school in the Daejeon area after taking office as the center director in March of last year. This behavior of Center Director A was revealed during the second-half guidance inspection of Dong-gu in December last year.

Panoramic view of Daejeon Dong-gu Community Support Center. Provided by Daejeon Dong-gu

As a result of Dong-gu comparing Center A’s work and business trip dates with graduate school class attendance over a 9-month period from March to November last year, it was confirmed that he had left without notice more than 10 times.

Center Director A took graduate school classes after going to work, and the number of days recorded as absent without permission is 2.5 days in March, 2.125 days in April, 2.5 days in May, and 1.25 days in June. In April and November, I used the ‘expedient’ method of going on a business trip, stopping by the business location, and then taking graduate school classes.

Dong-gu treated Center Manager A as absent without leave for 11.375 days away from work and collected back 1,688,307,000 won, which was the salary for that period.

This behavior of Center Director A was also raised as a problem in the administrative affairs audit of the Dong-gu Council last year.

At the time, Dong-gu Assemblyman Jeong Yong said in his administrative review, “The center is an organization selected as a private consignment project in Dong-gu and is operated with subsidies, but Center Director A had regular attendance without any annual leave or vacation on the work schedule and went to graduate school every Tuesday. “This is where taxes are leaked,” he pointed out, adding, “I checked with the graduate school based on the graduate school schedule and the center director’s SNS, and it is true that I took graduate school classes during working hours.”

Despite the misconduct of Center Director A, the measure was limited to a recovery of salary, raising controversy over harsh punishment. There are service regulations for public officials, but there are no separate service regulations for private institutions. Since there is only an office handbook, the level of punishment is not high even if there is misconduct such as attendance issues. In fact, it is a blind spot in management and supervision, which is why there is a need to strengthen guidance and inspection entrusted to the private sector.

Seol Jae-gyun, head of the legislative oversight team at the Daejeon Participatory Autonomy Citizens’ Solidarity, said, “The head of the center, who is the head of the organization responsible for employee attendance management, needs to be severely punished for exploiting various situations for his own convenience.” He added, “If you look at the center’s office handbook, you can see that attendance and business trips are not allowed.” “It is only an explanation, and there should be provisions for punishment in case of unauthorized departure,” he said.

In relation to this, Center Director A said in a phone call with Segye Ilbo, “I will not respond to the matter.”

Earlier this month, the head of Center A submitted a certificate confirming the fact that he was late.

The center prepares attendance records by hand. As a result, there is a blind spot in that it can be written arbitrarily even if there are attendance issues such as tardiness. On the 19th, Dong-gu sent a warning notice to the center, saying, “Please refrain from violating working hours without permission and making false entries in the attendance record and work status record.”

Meanwhile, the center has been managed by the Next Club Cooperative, a voluntary Christian organization, since March of last year. He will be in charge of the center for 1 year and 9 months until the end of this year.

Concerns have been raised that the Community Support Center may be run by an intermediate support organization that discovers, nurtures, and supports community activists to realize resident autonomy, or by Next Club, which is unrelated to the nature of the center, which could undermine the organization’s expertise and independence.

Established in 2018, Next Club is a youth education organization headed by a pastor from a church in Jayang-dong, Dong-gu, Daejeon, and is carrying out projects such as youth education, youth culture creation, instructor training courses, and parent education. As the senior pastor’s history of opposing the enactment of anti-discrimination laws and making homophobic remarks became known, local civil society groups continued to protest, including withdrawal of the trust. Center Director A is the younger sister of the pastor who is the CEO of Next Club. The center will be operated directly by Dong-gu next year when the consignment period ends.

Daejeon = Reporter Kang Eun-seon [email protected]

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