Two high-ranking government employees are on admisnistrative leave among a law-enforcement probe into misconduct and possibly, corruption. KCE can confirm that Fleet Management Manager Pat Sepanski and ID/Evidence Supervisor Sebastian Kawka have both been placed on administrative leave as a direct result of the probe.
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.
The whistle blower’s allegations that were ignored by Nielsen but reprted on by KCE are as follows:
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.
KCE brought these allegations to the attention of the Chairman of the Joint Services board, Monica Yuhas (D) on August 26, 2022. She responded two days later, saying, “I will be following up on Monday with Director Nielsen regarding theses allegations and will ask for them to be thoroughly looked into.” We learned that Monica, Nielsen, and Assistant Director Stephanie Lorenzo didn’t want the police involved. They were conducting only an “internal” investigation.
Kenosha Alderman David Mau and County Board Member Terry Rose both insisted, in writing to Nielsen that they wanted a law enforcement investigation. Law enforcement would soon be contacted. It is unknown which law enforcement agency is investigating – no one will tell us. We don’t know how the ID/Evidence supervisor is allegedly involved either. We will, however not give up until we learn.
Neither Yuhas, Nielsen nor Lorenzo responded to multiple requests for comment.