City Starts Internal Investigation

City of Naperville authorities have opened an investigation into a complaint made by a former city worker.

That former employee wrote a letter to Mayor Pradel and the city council, obtained by Naperville News through a Freedom of Information request. The letter accuses leaders of the Human Resource Department of discrimination towards women and minorities, bullying, and even smoking pot at work conferences.

In the three-page memo, dated May 2, the writer resigned and specifically calls out two HR department leaders for “their inappropriate commentary, which is degrading to women and minorities.”

Naperville News 17 has chosen to withhold the names of the HR leaders because no formal action has been taken at this time.

It goes on to say, “it is an incredibly disrespectful work environment where meanness, cliques, favoritism, and a focus on ladder climbing rather than servant leadership are rewarded.”

One of the HR leaders named in the complaint has resigned and another has been reassigned. The city declined to comment.

Terry Ekl, a Chicago Attorney has been hired by the city to conduct an investigation – one city officials say is expected to take about two weeks. The city has capped the cost to $5,000.

In the interim, deputy city manager Marcie Schatz will oversee the HR Department. Naperville News 17 will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they become available.

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