CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A Hamilton County employee who admitted working on private business while on the clock has been suspended.

Alan Knowles is a public works employee; he also president of Dove Ministries.

Knowles admitted conducting personal business on his county email account both during and after business hours.

At Wednesday's county commission meeting, County Mayor Claude Ramsey announced Knowles will be suspended five days without pay.

Knowles can appeal the suspension.