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Sedgwick County’s HR director resigns after being on administrative leave

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 2:22 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 2:44 p.m.

Shawne Boyd, Sedgwick County’s human resources director, has resigned, County Manager William Buchanan said Friday.

Buchanan said Boyd, whom he placed on administrative leave Jan. 2, resigned Thursday. She had worked for the county since September 2010.

The Eagle recently asked the county for copies of resignation letters submitted by employees of the human resources department since Boyd became director. On Friday, the county responded that those records are considered personnel records and not open to the public. The Eagle also asked for a list of employees who have resigned since Boyd became director, and the county responded saying it does “not have an existing list of who has left the county human resources department since (September) 2010.”

An e-mail Buchanan sent Jan. 2 obtained by The Eagle simply said: “As of 5:00 pm today Shawne Boyd is on administrative leave. Gary Counts will be in charge until further notice.”

Buchanan said Friday that Counts would continue to be interim director. Buchanan has not commented further about why he placed Boyd on administrative leave.

County communications director Kristi Zukovich has said that the “administrative leave is related to personnel matters.”

Boyd replaced Jo Templin, who retired as HR director.

The county has about 2,800 employees. The human resources department had 19 full-time equivalent employees as of Jan. 1, with four open positions.

Boyd’s salary was $104,991. She did not receive a raise Jan. 1, records show. County employees were eligible for performance-based raises of up to 4 percent this year from a 2.5 percent raise pool that commissioners approved late last year.

Boyd was a direct report to Buchanan, and county commissioners and other elected officials have not commented about her leave.

Reach Deb Gruver at 316-268-6400 or dgruver@wichitaeagle.com.

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