INCLUSION OF DISCLAIMER TO 2019 EVALUATIONS COMPLETED BY THE FORMER CITY MANAGER
On March 9, 2020, the Minot City Council voted 5-2 to hire independent counsel to investigate whether a hostile work environment existed within the City, primarily among the department heads, also referred to as the executive team, and the City Manager, Tom Barry. The investigation began on Monday, March 16, 2020 after approval of an agreement with Patricia Monson. Her conclusion in the report showed there was a hostile work environment, which resulted in disparate treatment of employees, and lower scoring in 2019 employee evaluations that was "retributive and retaliatory".
The City of Minot Personnel Ordinance states that performance evaluations shall be made a permanent part of the personnel file. As such, destruction of the already completed evaluation(s) would not be the proper course of action to correct inaccurate information. Rather, it is suggested a disclaimer with supporting documentation, questioning the reliability and objectivity of the evaluations, be included with each.
Recommend to include a disclaimer to the 2019 evaluations of all subordinates of former City Manager, Tom Barry due to the reliability and objectivity of the evaluations. Included with the disclaimer will be a copy of the full final investigation report by independent counsel, Patricia Monson, and meeting minutes from the April 20, 2020 Special City Council meeting which terminated Mr. Barry’s employment.