County corporation counsel may face disciplinary action
Despite an Aug. 8 determination that there was no probable cause for a discrimination complaint filed by Portage County Corporation Counsel Michael McKenna against Portage County Executive Patty Dreier last year, issues continue between the two.
In a hand-delivered letter dated Monday, Dec. 5, Dreier requested a “pre-disciplinary meeting” with McKenna Tuesday, Dec. 6. McKenna attended the meeting with his attorney, Jared Redfield, and issued a response to the “charges that (McKenna) engaged in conduct which violated the rules and regulations of Portage County.”
“We have a woman who has a political agenda,” Redfield said in an interview. “No one in the County Executive’s office is operating in the best interest of the county. We’re looking at how can we create this ideal political environment … You don’t launch investigations on people if you don’t like them, if you don’t think they’re communicating, that’s ridiculous.
“When (McKenna) pointed out the dysfunction, he was called on the carpet,” Redfield said. “We’ve lost a lot of good people (in county positions), and that’s the result of a county executive out of control … Lives are being ruined.”
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