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Wells attorney expects formal complaint soon

By Staff | Nov 2, 2009

It isn’t easy knowing that two city employees are being accused of misconduct, yet Wells officials can do nothing unless they receive signed written complaints.

That’s the dilemma the City Council and City Attorney David Frundt are faced with.

“We haven’t been told they aren’t coming in to sign the complaints. It’s frustrating we’re unable to proceed forward, but you always have to take these things with a grain of salt,” Frundt says.

City officials may soon have to get out the list of companies they’ve gathered to conduct an independent investigation.

One person, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Register he’s waiting for the city attorney to put the allegations in a formal format so he can sign the complaint.He says the alleged misconduct involves being harassed by a police officer and a city employee.

“I’m playing the waiting game right now. But I will sign the paper when I get it,” the person says.

Obtaining a written complaint not only protects the rights of the employee, says Frundt, but also establishes a witness who is willing to be interviewed.

“Without that we are unable to do anything and go forward,” he adds.

The city’s personnel policy requires complaints to be in writing and signed before they are investigated.

City officials have said the accusations involve someone in the police and street departments. Both employees remain on the job.

The council has received several investigation proposals ranging in cost from $4,000 to $11,300.