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The city of El Dorado is moving into the digital age with the way it tracks municipal employee work hours.

El Dorado City Council members have agreed to purchase a new electronic time-clock system, which will replace paper time sheets.

Council members voted June 6 to a quote of $3,160 from El Dorado Printing for seven time clocks with fingerprint-, facial- and proximity-recognition features, plus a monthly, cloud-file storage fee of $125.

The cost includes installation and training and comes with a lifetime warranty and unlimited support.

Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer and Pierce Moore, the mayor’s administrative assistant, have said the new time-clock system will better track daily work hours of city employees.

Smith-Creer said the clocks will be tied to a centralized server and the data they record will be sent to the city’s payroll/personnel office.

She also said the new system will be implemented in phases, starting with City Hall.

“…So that we can work out any bugs before we move it to the other facilities,” Smith-Creer said in reference to City Hall being first.

Robert Edmonds, director of public works, said clocks will eventually be installed at the City Shop, the Recycling Drop-Off Center and Processing Plant, the El Dorado Water Utilities office and training facility, Lions Club Municipal Golf Course and South Arkansas Regional Airport at Goodwin Field.

Council Member Dianne Hammond asked if phasing the installation of the system will affect costs, and Smith-Creer said no.

“We’ll go ahead and purchase it and just install it in phases,” the mayor said.

Tia Lyons may be contacted at 870-862-6611 or tlyons@ eldoradonews.com.

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