Rochester City Administrator Concerned About Wojcik Request
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester City Administrator Steve Kvenvold is raising concerns about a request from a City Council member.
Second ward representative Michael Wojcik has filed a Data Practices Act request for all of Kvenvold’s “written communications including emails (to, from, and copied) for the last 60 days effective 4/14/17.”
Kvenvold has informed the council - through an e-mail message that was sent Saturday.
Kvenvold says this is the third request made by Wojcik. He says he complied with the request. Kvenvold says he views the requests as “a form of intimidation and harassment since I have made recommendations and statements that are contrary to Michael's position's and objectives.”
Kvenvold notes the requests take up considerable staff time to collect all the information being sought by Wojcik.
He says he sent Saturday’s e-mail to inform other council members so they are aware of the situation.
Wojcik replied Sunday, saying “This is the job I was elected to do. No more, no less.”
Here is Kvenvold’s e-mail:
Mayor/Council: I forward this for your information since the governing body should be aware of any data practices act that a member of the governing body makes against a member of the city organization. This is the third request that Michael has made in the last several weeks to view my e-mail correspondence. An official request was made previously to the City Clerk for my e-mail information and Michael made a verbal request to me that I complied with. I feel that these requests to view my e-mail correspondence is a form of intimidation and harassment since I have made recommendations and statements that are contrary to Michael's position's and objectives. These requests to absorb a considerable amount of staff time. Stevan
Kvenvold announced last November he will retire as the city's longtime administrator at the end of May.