Joint Services is a governmental agency that is funded by Kenosha County taxpayers. It provides services for 9-1-1, police records, police identification, evidence, and fleet maintenance for the Kenosha Police Department and the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department, as well as a few small services for other agencies. Joint Services, under the leadership of Josh Nielsen and before him, Tom Genthner, has had many scandals and misconduct instances over the last four decades. Their staffing levels are at a critical low point due to poor employee morale.
At least one whistle-blower told Sepanski’s boss, Director Josh Nielsen, about some troubling allegations. According to the whistle-blower, Nielsen ignored the complaints. He/she then brought the complaint to KCE. We don’t ignore allegations of misconduct.
Sepanski regularly gains financially though his position.
Sepanski collects scrap metal (rims, rotors, exhaust systems, radiators, etc.) from the agency and sells the metal for money, keeping it.
Sepanski keeps rebates from Menards for purchases made on behalf of the tax-payers
Sepanski purchased vehicle lifts for less than market value from the agency and later sold them for a profit.
Sepanski is storing many personal items in a maintenance garage, taking up space desperately needed for operations.
Sepanski brings his personal vehicles to the shop to work on them, using Joint Services supplies, tools, and parts – sometimes while on duty.
Theses allegations are very similar to those levied against the former Director of Public Works of Pleasant Prairie, John Steinbeck, Jr.
KCE brought the allegations to the entire Joint Services Board, pictured above. No one responded. Finally, after repeated attempts for a response, the Joint Services Chairman, Monica Yuhas (D), responded on August 28, 2022, and she told us: “I will be following up on Monday with Director Nielsen regarding these allegations and will ask for them to be thoroughly looked into.”
Six weeks later, we still haven’t heard anything. Even though there are two county board supervisors on the Joint Services board and one Alderman, it would take leaders not on this board to get answers. Kenosha County Supervisor Terry Rose, who is the Finance Chairman, and Kenosha Alderman David Mau contacted Nielsen and demanded to know the status of the investigation. Nielsen announced today: “This is currently under investigation and at this point I am unable to provide a timeline.”
Alderman Mau, unhappy with the short and evasive answer pushed further saying, “Is it being investigated by your agency, or by law enforcement? There seems to be criminal allegations here, so I just want to be sure we’re all on the same page.” Nielsen responded that it is only being investigated by Joint Services internally and not with law enforcement. We made contact with Sepanski who did not wish to comment.
Of course, KCE will continue to monitor this investigation.