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Continued: Minneapolis regulatory chief was accused of discrimination

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 23, 2013 - 1:24 PM

Stubbs wrote to the city’s ethics officer in July 2012 that he had spent 21 days out of the office “telecommuting” with staff, plus another four at a national conference. Three were reported as vacation.

“My ability to work while outside the office is both customary and necessary,” Stubbs wrote in a letter to ethics officer Susan Trammell and Mayor Rybak. Trammell’s findings included an e-mail Stubbs sent to the city’s HR department, in which he suggests delaying an appointment because he was in Florida attending his son’s high school graduation.

The combination of that e-mail and the out-of-office days “supports the inference that his time sheet reporting of days worked included nonwork personal days,” Trammell wrote in her report.

“The concern that was laid up in that ethics complaint is that he’s not around enough to do his job,” City Coordinator Paul Aasen said in an interview. Aasen said the complaints dovetailed with other “concerns about how [Stubbs] was managing the department from an enterprise view.”

Eric Roper • 612-673-1732

Twitter: @StribRoper

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