WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – An employee at the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office has been terminated, but he will remain on the payroll until the date of his grievance meeting.
In a letter dated April 14, County Engineer Randy Smith notified Kendall Lee Stauffer, a nine-year employee of the department, of his firing. Public records show that he never showed up for his pre-disciplinary hearing on April 4.
Stauffer was escorted off the Engineer’s Office property last month, facing an investigation into several disciplinary charges of dishonesty, threatening harm to a supervisor, insubordination and harassment stemming from an internal investigation.
A report from that investigation states that Stauffer told a supervisor “when this is all done and said, there will be a pile of people and I will be standing on top of them all.”
The Trumbull County Engineer’s Office had a polygraph test conducted on the employee who accused Stauffer of making the statement and noted that he was truthful during the test and said he felt that Stauffer’s statement was a threat, according to a pre-disciplinary hearing report.
The report said Stauffer initially denied making the statement.
According to his disciplinary file, Stauffer was disciplined seven times previously for past infractions, dating back to March 14, 2012.