Former Washburn County Finance Director Sues County, Sheriff, Clerk
Former Washburn County Finance Director Jane Dvorak has filed a civil lawsuit against Washburn County (as a governmental subdivision of the State of Wisconsin), Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden, and Washburn County Clerk Lolita Olson.
DrydenWire.com published numerous posts throughout 2017 about Jane Dvorak and Washburn County’s actions regarding her.
**Read the entire lawsuit document below**
On January 16, 2017, Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden published a letter in which he recommended that the Washburn County Board initiate an independent investigation into the actions of Dvorak as the finance director for Washburn County.
Following that, on March 1, 2017, DrydenWire.com reported that Dvorak had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of an independent investigation.
On May 3, 2018, DrydenWire.com published a post stating that a decision regarding Dvorak was expected to be issued soon.
Subsequently, on May 10, 2017, DrydenWire.com reported that the investigations into Dvorak’s actions were completed and it was expected that she would return to work at the County soon, which she did shortly thereafter.
On July 31, 2017, DrydenWire.com published a post regarding the total bill due for investigative services rendered by the firms of Weld Riley, S.C., and Mallory & Zimmerman, S.C. as well as the cost of Dvorak’s paid administrative leave.
A letter issued by Dvorak was published on DrydenWire.com on August 15, 2017, in which she stated that she had claims against the Washburn County Sheriff, Washburn County Clerk Lolita Olson, Washburn County Board Members, and Washburn County Corporation Counsel Jeff Kohler.
DrydenWire.com also made an open records request for and received a letter issued to Dvorak by the Washburn County Finance Committee on May 10, 2017 in which the County’s expectations were specified as to what actions Dvorak needed to implement to correct her behavior in order to maintain her employment with the County.
On August 31, 2017, after a 2 ½ hour closed session of the Washburn County Personnel and Finance Committees, Washburn County Chair Tom Mackie announced that Ms. Dvorak had been terminated from her employment with Washburn County effective close of business that day.
Ms. Dvorak’s civil lawsuit seeks a court order for relief (damages for lost past and future wages, emotional distress and mental anguish, attorney’s fees, etc.) and may be read in its entirety below.
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