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DeKalb building inspectors on paid leave

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 11:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 2, 2014 11:46 p.m. CDT
Anne Marie Gaura DeKalb City Manager

DeKALB – DeKalb has placed its building supervisor and two inspectors on paid administrative leave.

City leaders are discussing options for the future of the department, which is responsible for issuing building permits, inspecting construction work and enforcing property maintenance codes, DeKalb City Manager Anne Marie Gaura said.

“The City has begun a process of undertaking discussions with AFSCME and three employees from the City’s Building Division, to ensure that the City is providing those services in the most effective fashion possible to protect public safety, and also in a financially responsible fashion,” Gaura said in an email.

“In order to facilitate open communications, the three employees have been placed on a paid, administrative leave, while the City evaluates potential options and undertakes a detailed analysis to determine the best way of meeting the City’s needs and fulfilling public expectations,” Gaura’s email continued.

Placed on paid leave were: building supervisor Kent “Lou” Larson and building inspectors David Reynolds and Roger Votaw, City Attorney Dean Frieders said in an email.

In fiscal 2013, Larson’s total pay, including benefits, overtime and bonuses, was $125,111, according to the city’s total compensation report.

Also in fiscal 2013, Reynolds’ total pay was $99,856, while Votaw’s was $97,678, the report states. Votaw had 12 vacation days and 12 sick days, while Larson and Reynolds each had 27 vacation days and 12 sick days.

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