Is the county prosecuting the right employees?

To the Editor:

On Tuesday, Aug. 7 I attended the Houston County Commissioners meeting. Then, this morning, Aug. 9, I watched the KTTC-TV news. I don’t know if this is a case of retaliation, or if there are legitimate reasons for the personnel action proposed on Tuesday, but it sure makes me wonder.

One of the items on the commissioner’s agenda was a personnel action which was to be a closed session. However, the person involved requested that it be open to the public. Several items were listed in the Notice of Intent to Terminate his employment, one of which was under Code of Ethics. I find it interesting that this same person is the one who brought to light in mid-2009 the fact that personnel in our sheriff’s department were committing DVD piracy.

An investigation regarding the DVD piracy shows a crime was committed, and not only once or twice but hundreds of times. Yet our county attorney now says that case is closed. The only result was that two employees were reprimanded, instead of the possible $250,000 fine and/or five years in prison. Maybe the wrong county employee is being terminated?

Evidently, our law enforcement, and others, are above the law, which is very disturbing. Almost makes me want to move out of county.


Yvonne Krogstad

Spring Grove, Minn.