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Council takes no action on Rhinelander Public Works Director's paid administrative leaveSubmitted: 06/12/2019
Council takes no action on Rhinelander Public Works Director's paid administrative leave
Story By Lane Kimble

RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's public works director will stay on paid administrative leave this week.

The City Council didn't take any action on Tim Kingman following its meeting Monday night.

City Clerk Val Foley told Newswatch 12 the Council met in closed session for about an hour to talk about Kingman and various other city investigations.  Those included alderwoman Dawn Rog's harassment claims, a declaration of no-confidence in City Administrator Daniel Guild, a letter of full confidence in Guild, and an EEOC claim of age discrimination filed by Kingman.


Mayor Chris Frederickson placed Kingman on paid leave June 3.

Several public works employees spoke about a "hostile" work environment during a meeting April 22, but none of them specifically named Kingman in their complaints.

Administrator Daniel Guild called the leave "non-disciplinary."

The suspension comes as Rhinelander is in the midst of two major road construction projects, including an $18 million rebuild of two miles of Stevens Street and a roundabout installation at the Highway 8 and 47 intersection.

Guild told the media those projects will continue as planned in Kingman's absence.


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