With a criminal investigation into corruption and misconduct still underway, a source tells KCE that two employees out on administrative leave will return to work tomorrow, Thursday, December 1, 2022. This is troubling to many employees at Joint Services. “I can’t believe they are letting [Sepanski] come back to work. We know the allegations are true against him and he makes our work life miserable,” one Joint Services employee insider told KCE. Another told us “He thinks he’s untouchable and can do whatever he wants,” another employee told us. Pat Sepanski, Fleet Maintenance Manager and Sebastian Kawka, ID/Evidence Supervisor are under investigation and are returning to work tomorrow, according to a Joint Services employee.
We reached out to Josh Nielsen and asked him how the employees could be back to work while seemingly still under criminal investigation. He didn’t return our request for comment. The odd part, is that KCE called Joint Services on November 14, at 10:25am and an employee told us about the employees returning in early December, 2022. How could the employees under investigation be given a start date when the investigation is still being conducted?
Three days after we got word that the employees would be back on December 1, 2022, Walworth County Sheriff’s Captain Josh Staggs confirmed that the investigation was still very active and ongoing telling us : “On or about October 19th, 2022, the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office was requested by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office to review and investigate potential criminal violations based on information they provided, along with Kenosha County Joint Services. The nature of this information will not be released at this time as it is an ongoing investigation. However, the scope of the investigation was for any criminal violations that arose from their request and our subsequent investigation.”
KCE has requested the disciplinary investigative documents, and other materials. We will share them when we obtain them.