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County won’t release info on Nelson

No further information has been made available by Becker County on the reasons why former Human Services Director Nancy Nelson was placed on administrative leave Feb. 3, and subsequently resigned from her position.

Nelson, who had been the head of the county’s human services department since May 31, 2006, resigned following a closed session of the Becker County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 11.

Under the terms of a separation agreement signed by Nelson and County Board Chair John Okeson, which became public earlier this week, “Any and all documentation of a potential disciplinary nature, when such disciplinary matter did not reach a final disposition pursuant to Minnesota law, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13, shall not be placed in Nelson’s personnel file in light of her voluntary resignation.”

County Administrator Jack Ingstad said that he could not comment further on the matter due to data privacy concerns.

 According to the terms of the separation agreement, Nelson was paid $12,558 in severance, along with payment for 100 percent of her accrued vacation time of approximately 76 hours, as well as 70 percent of her accrued sick leave of 404 hours (less any banked hours).

The county also agreed to provide Nelson with a letter of reference, “indicating date of hire, starting rate of pay, ending rate of pay, and ending date of employment.”

In exchange, Nelson agreed to release “any and all claims against the county, its affiliates, agents, board members, attorneys, insurers, and all of its predecessors and successors, none of whom admit any liability to Nelson relative to Nelson’s voluntary resignation of employment with the county.”

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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