Vanderburgh County Republican Party Chairman, Wayne Parke says, "People were talking about the absenteeism of Rick Davis and serving his position as Treasurer of Vanderburgh County so I've been hearing this for sometime." Parke recently filed a Freedom of Information Act regarding the work habits of Davis and claims he came up with eighty five pages of electronic records showing Davis only showed up to work on time one day in twelve months.
"The allegations from mister Parke are false, misleading, and reckless," says Davis. But Davis says he's not neglecting his duties and that all of this comes down to something as simple as a key card. Davis says he's in the office when he should be, but rarely uses the access card security system to get in the building. He explains, "The last time I came in through these doors, until now, I was let in by a construction worker." He sees it as another attack from the G.O.P. as election day nears.
Davis is facing Republican and former Vanderburgh County Clerk, Susan Kirk, in the race for the Treasurer's seat. "I think she's using mister Parke letting him be the bad guy, and have the blood on his hands while she just throws her hands up in the air. Oh, I'm just a positive person. I don't do negative campaigning. Mister Parke knows that I'm known as one of the hardest working elected officials in Vanderburgh County and now he's trying to smear my work ethic by using a security badge that is rarely used, or barely used, by employees in this building," says Davis.
Parke says it's not the current election, but the rights of the tax payers that lead him to investigate Davis. Parke says, "I believe that the tax payers are being cheated from it and his attendance record is absolutely deplorable." Davis responded, "I earn my paycheck. The tax payers are getting a good service with Rick Davis as their county treasurer."
Parke says, "I looked at everyday of when he entered the building, and when he returned to the building, and when he didn't enter the building so this is not a short time it is 85 pages of data on Rick Davis."
However those numbers add up, Davis says he needs to see the paperwork to believe it. Eyewitness News reached out to Susan Kirk for comment but did not her.