A Columbus Parks and Recreation manager is facing termination for the second time in less than a month, according to sources inside and outside city government.
Currie, formerly the assistant Parks and Recreation director, was demoted last month after the city manager’s office started the process to terminate her for allegedly being untruthful.
A new personnel action has started against Currie, Columbus Human Resources Director Tom Barron said Wednesday morning.
“I can confirm there is an ongoing personnel issue,” Barron said. “There will be no statement at this time.”
Currie could not be reached for comment.
The city attorney’s office has referred all comment to Carter Schondelmayer, a labor and employment law specialist with Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis & Rothschild LLP.
Last month when the initial personnel action against Currie began, the city attorney’s office informed City Manager Isaiah Hugley it had a conflict of interest. Because of that Hugley was advised to seek outside counsel for the department at city expense.
Schondelmayer could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.
Columbus Council held a closed session Tuesday afternoon to discuss a “personnel matter.” Currie was a topic of that meeting, unnamed sources said.
Currie received a five-day letter this week placing her on suspension and giving her the opportunity to make a case on why she should not be fired.
This same process was started in mid-October, but the city manager’s office backed away from the termination after Currie’s response. Instead, Currie, 50, was demoted and had her pay reduced.
After two meetings with Deputy City Manager Lisa Goodwin, Currie took the demotion to division director, according to Barron. She has also taken a pay cut of more than $6,200, dropping her annual salary to $60,162.
She was temporarily assigned to the Civic Center, where she will continued to report to Goodwin. She was placed in charge of the ice rink, which is under construction next to the Civic Center.
The deputy city manager refused to comment Tuesday.
“I don’t comment on personnel matters,” Goodwin said.