Case against B.E. employee could be settled

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After more than two months, a case involving complaints against a Blue Earth city employee may be coming to an end. has learned the City Council plans to make a settlement offer to David Childs at their meeting Monday night.

The agreement reportedly would pay Childs several thousands of dollars for vacation and sick leave time accrued during the six years he has worked at Blue Earth Wine & Spirits.

Childs accepting the council’s offer would mean results of a Faribault County Sheriff’s Department investigation will not be made public.

County authorities were hired in early February after city officials received several complaints.

At that time, city attorney David Frundt referred to the allegations against Childs as “simply an employment issue.”

Council members placed Childs on paid administrative leave on Jan. 30 after meeting in closed-session for 15 minutes during a special meeting.

Because Childs is a member of a union, city officials have had to follow several procedures in resolving the case.

One of those is a Loudermill hearing which is part of a “due process” requirement that must be provided to a public employee.

At the hearing, Childs was given the opportunity to present his side of the story before the council decided whether to take disciplinary action.

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