CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – An investigation is underway at the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office after some serious allegations were brought to management’s attention.
Kendell Lee Stauffer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing. He was escorted out of the Engineer’s Cortland office on Thursday by a Trumbull County Sheriff’s deputy.
Stauffer had one day left in a 10-day working suspension for reportedly failing to plow several roads, which led to an accident.
Attorneys declined to release details in this case, citing an ongoing investigation.
“There has been some allegations made against one of our employees, and due to the nature of the allegations, we are placing the employee on paid leave,” said Matt Blair, attorney for the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office.
Stauffer has worked for the Engineer’s Office for nine years. WKBN requested copies of his disciplinary file and found Stauffer was disciplined seven times for past infractions, dating back to March 14, 2012.
At that time, he failed to wear protective equipment and/or clothing required for the job, and he was issued a written reprimand.
Other actions that resulted in discipline included Stauffer allegedly pulling a chair out from under an employee, failing to properly inspect a vehicle which led to “significant damage” of a county truck and threatening to revoke an employee’s union membership to influence his testimony during a departmental investigation.
On February 5, 2016, Stauffer was issued a pre-disciplinary hearing notice for failing to ash and plow several roads on January 10, 11, 13 and 29. Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith wrote that the roads were left in “unsafe conditions,” leading to an accident on one of the roads.
On March 4, 2016, Stauffer was also issued a written reprimand for failing to pick up litter on February 8, 2016. Gregg Alberini, Sr. wrote that Stauffer quit working before his assignment was completed.
“You reported that your assignment was completed – it was not. You basically were driving around in a truck doing nothing,” Alberini wrote.