MASON CITY | A Mason City councilman acknowledged Monday to leaking a confidential memo on the fire chief's employment status.
Mason City Fire Chief Al Dyer Jr. was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 2 pending an administrative investigation. Dyer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from the Globe Gazette Monday afternoon.
Councilman John Lee acknowledged on Monday he provided the memo to a KIMT-TV reporter when the reporter inquired about it when they saw each other in a grocery store.
"I take full responsibility. I don't want anyone else to be blamed. It wasn't meant to be malicious or devious. It was just a major screw-up on my part. Call me ignorant and trusting, I guess," Lee told the Globe Gazette.
The memo was sent to several city officials by Interim City Administrator Kevin Jacobson. In it, Jacobson stressed the matter was a confidential personnel matter and should not be discussed with anyone.
He also consulted with the city's labor attorney, Michael Galloway of Ahlers & Cooney in Des Moines, who told him discussion of the matter could result in potential liability to the city, according to the memo.
Jacobson, Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and Human Resources Director Perry Buffington were all asked by the Globe Gazette why Dyer was not at work last week and if he was on leave for any reason. All declined to comment.
They did say there was no change in his status -- that he was still the fire chief.
Dyer, 46, began work as chief in October 2016. His salary is $98,197.
He came to Mason City from Lincoln Park, Michigan, where he had served for 22 years, including two years as chief. He also served as fire marshal and director of emergency management in Lincoln Park, a city of 35,000 near Detroit.
According to his resume, his education includes a bachelor's degree from Siena Heights University, in Marian, Michigan, in 2012; Eastern Michigan University School of Fire Staff and Command in which he was class president, 20120; and a master's degree in homeland security and emergency management, also from Eastern Michigan University, 2014.
He replaced Chief Bob Platts, who retired.