LAKELAND — Lakeland’s director of human resources is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Lakeland City Manager Tony Delgado confirmed Thursday.
Mark Farrington was placed on leave Aug. 20, Delgado said, as undisclosed allegations are examined. Farrington, who is paid $131,000 annually, has led the Human Resources Department and civil service division since 2014.
The investigation is “mostly aimed at managerial responsibilities and managerial style, but I can’t go into detail on that with the investigation going on,” Delgado said.
Most government records involving ongoing investigations are exempt from public disclosure requirements until the completion of the investigation.
Farrington, 64, took over the department that had been shaken by allegations of misconduct against its former director. Tommy Hamrick resigned in 2013 under the shadow of two U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints as well as an internal investigation that documented, among other allegations, evidence of retaliation against an employee who had filed a hostile work environment complaint.
Delgado said he hopes the investigation is resolved soon. In the meantime, Deputy City Manager Shawn Sherrouse will manage many of the human resources functions and Assistant City Attorney Palmer Davis will assist the city’s civil service board.
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