Some Question Rehiring Of Fired Assessor
Termination Notice: Man Didn't Heed Warnings, Didn't Work On Assignment
Last Updated: 729 days ago
The firing and rehiring of a Marion County Assessor's Office employee is raising concerns among some taxpayers.According to documents obtained by 6News' Kara Kenney, LeRoy Lewis was fired on Oct. 6, 2010, by then-Marion County Assessor Greg Bowes.The county's new assessor, Joseph O'Connor, rehired Lewis on June 1 as district manager of the Marion County Assessor's Office June 1, 2011.Most of the documents in Lewis' personnel file are redacted, but according to the file, Lewis "failed to heed prior warnings related to a possible sexual harassment complaint" and "repeatedly used his agency-provided computer to access web sites on the Internet that are unrelated to his work assignment, and because he was not working on his main assignment for as much as four working days, termination is warranted."When contacted Thursday, Bowes declined to elaborate, but said the firing was completely warranted."I absolutely stand by my decision," Bowes said. "It was completely correct."City policy allows employees to be terminated for misusing county property, equipment or tools."In light of the combination of events since December 2008, the county assessor believes termination is the appropriate sanction," read part of the termination notice.Numerous sources told 6News that Lewis is the husband of Maggie Lewis, a city-county councilor.In a response released Tuesday afternoon, OConnor, who previously served as Lewis' director, said four people were interviewed for the position and that Lewis wife had nothing to do with his rehiring."As the current assessor, I feel like it is my duty to hire the most qualified individuals to perform the job and serve the citizens of the city of Indianapolis and Marion County," O'Connor wrote in an email to 6News. "Since his rehire, Mr. Lewis has performed well in his job functions and duties."Maggie Lewis was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.