My earlier post "I WAS having a good day" gives the background for this story.
So remember Lola, the crazy magistrate who went on a tirade at the last staff meeting about how we were all out to get her because she couldn't park in the fire lane in front of her door, and complained how the "little girl at the library" got all the attention and she didn't? Well it turns out Lola hasn't come back since then. Or called. She did give the secretary a copy of some sort of Hospital note, saying she was in the hospital overnight (before the meeting). No mention of being off of work, when she would come back, doctor's opinion, etc. It did list a date for a follow-up visit - the day before yesterday.
It seems to me that if you drop off the face of the earth for a week, without calling your job or letting them know what's going on, your job should figure out how to cope without you, or at least call to find out what's happened, right? Well the mayor and secretary were talking today (with me in the room) and apparently they're going to try to get the Nearby City magistrate to fill in "as needed" until Lola gets back. However long that takes. They're also scrambling to rearrange things because there's a court meeting tonight and (surprise surprise) they just found out it's illegal for the secretary to sign off on warrants and all the other things a magistrate is trained to do. WHY ON EARTH IS LOLA STILL EMPLOYED HERE???
Oh, had a chance to talk with the secretary on my own today too - she has no idea where the drug testing thing came from either. There haven't been any employee injuries, with or without drugs involved, and the mayor doesn't suspect anyone of drug problems. The whole "we've never done this before so now we will" is a very strange argument for why the town should start using an expensive testing procedure when they don't expect any positive results.