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Watonwan County fires human resources director

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WATONWAN COUNTY, Minn. -

Watonwan County has fired its human services director.

 
The County responded to a data practices request by KEYC News 12--saying Richard Collins' last day of employment was on January 22nd.

He had worked for Watonwan County as the human resources director since 1990.

In response to our request, we were told the county board came to a unanimous consensus that they had lost confidence in Collins' ability to effectively manage the human resources department.

However, the county said there were no past or present complaints in his employee file. Collins had received a salary of approximately $100,000 per year.
  
On a related note, Jeff Matthews, a fraud investigator with Watonwan County was placed on a paid suspension after being charged with theft-by-swindle and misconduct by a public officer.
Court documents say Matthews would show up to work and then simply leave for a long period of time without doing actual work. Matthews was later fired.

The criminal case against him is still pending.
 
KEYC News 12 spoke with a Watonwan county commissioner this morning who told us Collins' termination did in fact relate in part to the situation surrounding Matthews and that lack of supervision was also a factor.