Johnston rolls out high-tech time clocks

The town of Johnston is going high-tech to clock employees' hours at work.

All Johnston employees need is a four-digit code and their finger and they're clocked in for work.

The town started using seven new high-tech machines on Monday. The machines cost $23,000 to install, plus $1,500 a year to maintain.

Mayor Joseph Polisena said the new system means soon they can burn the old time sheets.

"Everything is documented," he said. "I know people are going to bring their finger to work."

"That's the future. I think that's the way it's going to be," town worker Ric Mariscal said.

With the old time sheets, Jennifer Goldberger had to manually put in employees' information. She said half of her day would be spent keeping the old book in order.

Goldberger says they're saving a lot of time now that the new machines do it automatically.

"Finally we're moving into the 21st century," she said.

With the new system employees can also monitor many holiday, vacation and sick days they have online.