UPDATE: Documents provided by Lane County reveal a private investigator determined that former Lane County Public Works Director Tim Elsea and former Assistant Public Works Director Petra Schuetz had a personal relationship. That broke county policy.
Public Works investigation: http://media.heartlandtv.com/documents/2017-PUBLIC+WORKS+INVESTIGATION.pdf
Tim Elsea resignation letter: http://media.heartlandtv.com/documents/Elsea+Signed+Agreement.pdf
Petra Schuetz resignation letter: http://media.heartlandtv.com/documents/Schuetz+Signed+Agreement.pdf
EUGENE, Ore. - There's a new Public Works Director for Lane County after Tim Elsea resigned.
Elsea resigned along with Assistant Director Petra Schuetz following an investigation into allegations made against the two on Dec. 5.
"While the investigation revealed no criminal conduct, there were violations of policy that were also inconsistent with our values and the expectations of our leaders," Mokrohisky wrote to Public Works employees in an email on December 26th.
"This decision was difficult for me both personally and professionally," said Mokrohisky, "as I like and respect both individuals."
Resignations for Elsea and Schuetz are effective January 2nd. They do not have any severance packages, according to the county, and their county salaries will stop on the 2nd. The county said the two are not still in the office. They are on paid administrative leave until their resignations are effective.
Dan Hurley has been named the Interim Director of Lane County Public Works.
You can read the entire email below from Lane County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky's to Public Works staff:
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- Lane county prepares for employee strike
- Missing man found dead in Lane County
- Negotiations continue between Lane County and AFSCME
- Lane County strike ends, tentative deal reached