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BREAKING NEWS: Commissioner confirms administrator on paid leave

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UPDATE - APRIL 20, 2017 
A Steele County commissioner has confirmed that the county’s administrator, Laura Elvebak, is on paid administrative leave.
Commissioner Greg Krueger told the Times Thursday morning that Elvebak was put on leave, but declined to discuss anything further and referred any additional questions to the county’s human resources department.
Asked when Elvebak was placed on leave, Krueger responded, “I wasn’t part of those discussions.”
Krueger said there are on-going discussions about Elvebak’s future and that more would be disclosed at the special board meeting called for Friday afternoon.
POSTED: APRIL 19, 2017
NEWS ALERT: County calls special session as administrator’s status is unclear
The employment status of Steele County’s administrator is unclear Wednesday night after sources indicate Laura Elvebak is no longer with the county.
The Steele County Board has called a special session for Friday at 1 p.m. to consider the fate of Elvebak, who has been the county administrator for about two years.
Commissioners will be issuing a summary of Elvebak’s performance evaluation at the special meeting, which will take place in the County Boardroom at 630 Florence Ave. in Owatonna. In addition, the board will consider future options regarding the administrator position, according to an agenda issued Thursday.
Sources have told the Times that Elvebak has been terminated from the county. However, efforts to confirm her employment status were unsuccessful Wednesday night. When the Times reached one commissioner by telephone, he hung up when asked about Elvebak and did not answer subsequent calls.
At Friday’s special meeting, citizens will have the opportunity to make remarks, but will be limited to two minutes.
Elvebak was unavailable for comment Wednesday night. 

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