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Sunday, February 5, 2023

County board approves suspension

Cottonwood County Commissioners approved a disciplinary action toward an employee in the public works department.

Wednesday’s meeting initially was set to be in closed session, but the employee requested the hearing be held in an open meeting.

The board noted that there were two options: a suspension that included a last-chance agreement, or termination. However, the employee and the employee’s union did not sign off on any agreement, noting that any disciplinary action likely would result in a grievance.

The board ultimately approved a 12-day suspension, covering three days per week for four weeks, to be served within a month’s time. The vote passed on a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Larry Anderson voting against the suspension.

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