Ore. officials on paid leave nearly a month

September 14, 2018

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath Irrigation District Manager John Wolf and office specialist Linda Seater have each been on paid administrative leave for nearly one month.

Seater was placed on leave on Aug. 8 and Wolf voluntarily placed himself on paid administrative leave on Aug. 9, according to Scott Cheyne on Sept. 5, who is serving as acting manager of the district.

Each individual is being paid their regular wages while on leave. Seater has been paid $1,822.50 during her leave as of Wednesday, and Wolf has been paid $4,166.67 during his leave, Cheyne said.

When asked if either individual would be returning to their posts, Cheyne said, “That’s undetermined at this time.”

KID officials have declined to comment on why either individual has been placed on leave, saying the situation is a personnel issue in a previous H&N story.

Wolf is coming up on the end of his two-year contract in October, which states that he must be evaluated by the board of directors by early September.

According to a public records request, the board never evaluated Wolf on his performance in 2017 and has not done so this year.

In 2016, Wolf was the top candidate chosen of three finalists for the district manager position, a list that included Cheyne before he was hired as assistant manager later on.

Wolf was chosen for the position in the fall of 2016 by a split 3-2 vote by a board that was chaired by former board member, Brent Cheyne. The dissenting voters, Dave Cacka and Greg Carleton, are no longer members of the KID board.

Prior to working at KID, Seater served as former property manager and tax collector for the county. After being fired from the position in 2013, she sued the county for damages and reinstatement to the position on May 19, 2014.

According to previous H&N stories, Seater stated that former county commissioners violated a verbal agreement when she was terminated.

Seater and the county settled out of court on Aug. 24, 2017 for a total $325,000, with the county awarding her $115,000 up front, and $35,000 per year through 2023. Seater released the county of all liability as well as defendants, Daneen Dail, and former commissioner Dennis Linthicum, who now serves in the Oregon Senate.

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