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Winnebago County Supervisor Mike Stensrud said he was “disappointed” and “perturbed” by the performance and decision-making of county engineer Scott Meinders during the board of supervisors weekly meeting today.

“I just want you to know I’m keeping a record of the things that I think an employer should,” Stensrud said to Meinders.

The discussion was sparked when Meinders said he wanted support from the board for the process of hiring new staff members but was the only one who gets to decide who should be hired in the Engineer and Secondary Roads Department with no advice from the board.

“We’re looking for some patience from the board, looking for support during the process,” Meinders said, to which Stensrud suggested if he wanted to get support from the board he should also take some advice from the board on who should be hired.

Meinders said he wanted to talk to the county attorney on that condition.

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“According, Adam…showed me case law where the hiring and firing is the engineer’s responsibility,” Meinders said.

After more than 15 minutes of Stensrud and Meinders arguing about how well Meinders has been doing his job and making decisions, they decided to finish the discussion in a closed meeting, at a later date.

Read the complete story on May 14 in the print edition of the Summit-Tribune or online. 

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