Wednesday, March 31, 2021

In latest shakeup, top Milwaukee Health Department staffer put on paid leave pending investigation

From JSOnline:
Alison Dirr
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A top Milwaukee Health Department staffer was put on paid administrative leave Friday, pending an investigation.

Claire Evers, deputy commissioner of environmental health, has been with the city since July 2010 and currently makes $112,626 annually, according to the city. She was appointed to the role by former Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik on May 17, 2020.

In the position, Evers' duties have included overseeing enforcement of the city's COVID-19 health orders in addition to lead program enforcement.

Evers told the Journal Sentinel in a Facebook message that she had not been told what the potential misconduct is, adding, "I haven’t even had so much as a ‘talking to’ in my career."

Department of Employee Relations Director Makda Fessahaye said the investigation was into "potential misconduct." She said she could not provide additional details, and there is not a timeline within which the investigation will take place.

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