Natasha Borneo, who works in the Santa Rosa County Environmental Department, on April 29 made a complaint to Santa Rosa County’s Human Resources Director, claiming, among other things, that county staff was deleting citizen complaints against Waste Pro. Today she said she was placed on administrative leave.
Although a third-party investigator reportedly found “no evidence” of the allegations, County Administrator Dan Schebler during Tuesday’s board meeting confirmed an internal investigation was underway because the third party uncovered other areas of concern relating to the administration of the Waste Pro contract terms.
“The findings of the report will be addressed and we are committed to upholding the terms of the contract with our franchise hauler,” said Schebler.
“But that is not an option for me, I accepted that job for the purpose of fulfilling my job duties. I accepted that job because I thought that there was some form of integrity and accountability within the County. and I will not be harassed because others refused to do the right thing.”
Despite demands from District 3 Commissioner James Calkins, Greg Stewart of Nabors Giblin law firm, interim county attorney, said the county would not release the third-party report until after the internal investigation is completed.
“We’re not disclosing piecemeal documentation,” Stewart said.