County personnel issues extend beyond top job

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Personnel issues seem to plague this small county

By Carol A. Clark

The most visible outward signs of personnel issues within Los Alamos County government revolve around the seeming ongoing churn in county administrators. However, the tentacles that point to a trend appear to extend well beyond the county’s top spot.
Several other senior county employees also have transferred, quit or been terminated in the recent past.
• Former County Attorney Peter Dwyer was the subject of an independent investigation and is no longer with the county.
• An “assistant to the county administrator” position was created for Regina Wheeler who headed up the county’s waste management services. An investigation into a side business she had resulted in her sudden departure before she could ever take the new job.
• An investigation and EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) hearing resulted in former Human Resources Manager Sheryl Hofer transferring to a position with the Los Alamos Fire Department.
• Community Services Director Stephani Johnson is currently in the midst of an EEOC hearing revolving around a gender bias issue.
• County Economic Vitality Manager Scott Frederick is the most recent county employee to be cut loose. He lost his job shortly before Thanksgiving after just seven months in the position.

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