Carlton County Attorney & Sheriff Incompetence Allowed 3 More Years of Theft of Public Funds

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  1. thegup October 28th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    CARLTON COUNTY IS MADE UP OF MANY KEY PLAYERS WHO HAVE HANDLED THIS SCANDEL AND OTHERS. LEST WE FORGET WHO ALSO WAS IN THE ATTORNEYS OFFICE DURING THIS ADDITIONAL SCANDAL, CARLTON COUNTY’S FAVORITE HOCKEY COACH, WOULD THAT BE WHO WOULD ALSO KNOW INSIDE STUFF??? COACH MOVED TO THE COUNTY COORDINATOR POSITION IN 2011 IN CONFIRMING NEWSPAPERS ARTICLES. AND HOW MANY INVESTIGATIONS ARE GOING ON? AND WHAT ARE THEY?? AND THE OUTCOME PRINTED? THE TAXPAYER PAYS FOR THE INVESTIGATION!!! EXPLAIN THAT IF YOU COULD!

    MOOSE LAKE STAR GAZETTE

    County employees air concerns

    October 18, 2012 | Volume 117, Issue No. 42

    About 15 county employees, some with decades of experience with county functions, supported Rich Bryant from the Building Maintenance Department as he addressed the Carlton County Board on October 9, 8:30 a.m. at the Transportation Building with all commissioners present. “I have worked for the county for 29 years and am putting my job on the line,” Bryant commented.

    “The problems started about a year ago and center around the supervisor’s son,” Bryant continued. “I have been the recipient of allegations that I abuse alcohol, have been verbally abused, and criticized for discipline problems. I don’t know what to do. Coming to the board after meeting with County Coordinator Dennis Generreau, the sheriff, and the county attorney has had zero results and so now I am here.”

    Chairman Ted Pihlman responded, “Usually you go through channels first with these types of issues — the union and then personnel.”

    “I have,” Bryant insisted, “but nothing appears to be happening this last year. Maintenance workers come and go as they please. It comes down to time stealing — sign in and sign out practices do not coincide with the actual hours worked. Criticism of my work performance started when I made an issue of the time stealing.” It was also noted that no Building Maintenance Department meeting had been held for 16 years until September 16.

    “I am aware of time stealing,” Barb Bassa, union steward and longtime Highway Department clerical, reinforced Bryant’s comments. “In the past I have investigated on my personal time and documented time stealing. The result was that an employee was transferred to another building.”

    Genereau, whose duties include personnel director, explained, “There are three investigations going on at this time. It may seem slow to some but addressing these complaints takes time. My training is as an attorney, and I need to find out what is not just the perception but in fact what is the truth. Unfortunately, I had to create a policy to investigate these types of issues so that the county does not get into trouble. Up to this point, no written system was in place and in fact an approved complaint form to make a written complaint did not exist.”

    “My door is always open for input,” Genereau continued. “No system was in place when I started these new responsibilities to address these issues. For that matter, other policies needed for tasks I am assigned do not exist. It takes time to thoughtfully create these procedures and to fairly implement them. This has been a critical component for addressing these allegations since my appointment.”

    “Time stealing is theft,” explained County Attorney Thomas Pertler. “An investigation continues. An Itasca County deputy, an outside source, has come to find the facts and an outside county attorney will give a legal opinion if there are grounds to prosecute. This takes time.”

    Chairman Pihlman directed, “Let’s set up a meeting with concerned employees, Personnel Director Generreau, and the board to discuss the problems and find solutions.” No date has been set at press time.

    Other business

    The assessor asked the board for direction on the purchase of a replacement car for her office. She had asked for a program car with 30,000 miles and at no more than $15,000 from the only dealership in the county, Cloquet Ford. Several of the board members said that they would rather do business within the county but concern for the cost to the taxpayer was also a consideration. The board went on record to authorize the assessor to shop around from any source in the region to get a car and not spend more than $15,000. Proulx voted no.

    Wouldn’t a public statement be printed by now?? Has anyone seen it?

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