Sedgwick County’s human resources director placed on leave

Sedgwick County Manager William Buchanan has placed the county’s human resources director on administrative leave.

Shawne Boyd is on paid leave for a personnel matter, county officials confirmed this week.

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, who sent the e-mail to department leaders who report to him and to employees in Boyd’s department, would not comment further. The Eagle obtained the e-mail through a request under the Kansas Open Records Act. Buchanan referred questions about Boyd to communications director Kristi Zukovich, who said “administrative leave is related to personnel matters.”

Boyd joined the county in September 2010, replacing Jo Templin, who retired.

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, who as of Friday was still a county employee, draws a salary of $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.

Efforts to reach Boyd at home Friday were unsuccessful.

Boyd did not have access to county e-mail Friday, Zukovich said.

All five county commissioners would not comment about Boyd’s leave beyond confirming they had heard about it, noting that Boyd reported to Buchanan, not to them.

Other county officials also would not comment, referring calls to Buchanan.

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