Pueblo County Transportation Director Greg Severance has been placed on paid administrative leave as the county investigates his involvement with city council.
Pueblo County commissioners unanimously voted on Wednesday to place Severance on leave.
KRDO NewsChannel 13's news partner, The Pueblo Chieftain, obtained more than 1,100 pages of emails that Severance exchanged with council members Ami Nawrocki, Chris Kaufman and Sandy Daff. In the emails, Severance repeatedly tells the three what political decisions to make. In one email, he urges the council members to hurry up and hire a trash consultant.
"I was not aware that he was available for consulting city council on other issues that don't have any direct relationship to his job," said Councilman Steve Nawrocki.
Severance was placed on leave after the county's legal staff made the recommendation to commissioners. The commissioners directed the legal and human resources departments to conduct an investigation.
Commissioners want to know whether Severance was doing political work for the city at the county's expense. Secondly, if the statements that Severance made are detrimental to the county. Pace said the county is also assessing whether Severance was insubordinate to county employees and whether Severance's words were discriminatory.
Pace is referring to an email Severance sent on July 5, in which he refers to trash collectors in Pueblo as "the hauler mafia" and told the council members, "When your enemy brings a knife to a fight, you bring a Bazooka."
Pace told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that he read the email exchanges between Severance and the three council members.
"There's a lot of material that deeply concerns me as a county commissioner and as a citizen of our community," he said Monday.