County Board Terminates Hebert

The Winona County Board of Commissioners Tuesday voted unanimously to terminate County Administrator Duane Hebert immediately and, in a seperate vote, also to reinstate County Sustainability Coordinator, Anne Morse.  

Following a closed-door meeting to discuss the results of the investigation of the two county employees regarding a solar panel project Commissioner Jim Pomeroy read the motion.

Hebert and Morse have been on paid administrative leave while a Twin Cities law firm has been conducting the investigation into their involvement in the proposed project.

A summery of the investigation finds Hebert violated the county's conflict of interest policy by the timing of his disclosure that his spouse is employed by NES, a company seeking to contract with the county for the solar project.

The same investigation found that Morse, as well as County Attorney Karin Sonneman and county Environmental Services Director Jason Gilman, acted consistently with the Board's directive concerning proposals with potential vendors.

The board did not comment further at the conclusion of the meeting.             

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