Naperville is wrapping up its inquiry into a set of allegations against upper staff leveled by an eight-year Human Resources Department worker in a memo announcing the employee’s resignation last month.
The departure came with a heads-up that officials may not have heard the last of the claims that some in city management are treating subordinates badly.
An outside attorney retained to conduct an investigation of charges that City Manager Doug Krieger made “racially offensive comments” with one of the HR managers named in the memo already has completed his work. Terry Ekl, a partner in the Lisle firm Ekl, Williams & Provenzale LLC, shared his findings with the Naperville City Council this week during closed session. The city released a statement late Thursdayafternoon summarizing Ekl’s findings.
“The outside investigation into the allegations against City Manager Doug Krieger is complete. The only finding of the investigation was the verification of an off-color joke that was promptly and correctly investigated in January. Krieger was given a verbal reprimand at that time and required to complete the city’s harassment prevention and diversity awareness training before the end of 2014,” the statement read.
Separate investigations under way by members of the city’s legal team are moving ahead. City attorney Jill Pelka-Wilger said that work should be completed by mid-June.
Meanwhile, a staff member who was the subject of some of the more damning assertions in the May 2 memo has left the city payroll.
The HR executive — who was accused of an array of sexually inappropriate behaviors in the searing three-page memo bearing the subject line “Discriminatory Treatment” — signed his separation agreement May 28.
He is not being identified by The Sun, pending substantiation of the charges in the memo.
The accord, signed by Krieger and Assistant City Manager Marcie Schatz on May 14, but not until May 28 by the departing employee — provides four weeks severance at $46.39 an hour and stipulates that the city will not contest any unemployment claim for benefits filed by the former staff member. A copy of the document was provided to The Sun through the Freedom of Information Act.
The unidentified employee’s comments included a report that some coworkers had said their work environment was creating an anxiety level that was regularly causing them to cry or vomit.
“Finally, you should be aware that several folks have indicated they plan to retire within the next 6 to 18 months,” the memo stated. “They are Naperville residents and plan to become vocal about their experience here as well.”Tags: City Council, human resources