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Report describes dysfunctional Schoharie County

Lawyers brought in to investigate employee harassment allegations labeled Schoharie County’s workplace environment with the phrase “general dysfunction” in a report released to the public this week.

But Thursday’s night’s release is just a summary of allegations by county employees — the actual analysis of those complaints is still hidden from public view.

The Schoharie County Board of Supervisors met for several hours in a closed session with representatives of the Fitzmaurice & Walsh law firm of White Plains on Thursday before releasing several hundred of pages of information that was made available to the board back in February — a laundry list of complaints and accusations.

Work on the probe continued since February, but details of recommendations the lawyers prepared in the wake of the February report are not being released to the public.

Below is the entire report.

After interviewing about 400 employees and supervisors, the probe determined dysfunction in Schoharie County government played out with “incivility, rudeness and outright hostility between board members, department heads, employees and members of the public.”

Though the report provides numerous examples of activities alleged to have taken place, the report emphasizes it is an “evaluation,” not an investigation.

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Schoharie County Report Part 1.pdf

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