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Drug Testing For Belleville City Employees?

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Belleville leaders are considering whether all city workers and elected officials should be tested for drug use.

The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/170MoaO ) the proposal’s being raised by alderwoman Melinda Hult.

She says tests would reassure the public that “the people they elected are clearheaded enough to make decisions and handle the money they’ve been entrusted with.”

A St. Clair County judge died from a cocaine overdose in March and another is facing heroin possession charges.

Some city workers with a commercial driver’s license already get drug tested. And beginning next month, Belleville’s police department will begin random drug tests on five employees each month.

Mayor Mark Eckert says officials are researching the logistics of city-wide testing, including the cost and whether the tests should be mandatory.

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