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February 19, 2014

County worker on paid leave 'in negotiations' regarding his status

CUMBERLAND — A county employee in his third month of paid leave from employment says he is “still in negotiations with county regarding status of returning to my job as accountant for the county taxpayers.”

Kevin Shaffer of LaVale was placed on leave the day after he used a vulgar word to make his point during an Allegany County Commission meeting Dec. 5.

Shaffer also said he recently made a trip to the county office building as an ordinary citizen and was admitted. When placed on leave, he was told not to return to the county office.

“I was able to ... (file) for county commissioner without a police escort or permission from the H.R. director. I was treated like any other citizen asking to go sign up for a political office,” Shaffer said.

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