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Two Joint Services Employees Go Back To Work Tomorrow, Troubling Employees

Pat Sepanski, Fleet Maintenance Manager and Sebastian Kawka, ID/Evidence Supervisor

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.

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Kenosha Joint Services Director Josh Nielsen
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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?


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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.

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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25 Responses

    1. SOP = Innocent until PROVEN guilty!! Do you know something about the investigation that no one else does?!? Please let us know!

      1. LOL !! This Walter+Farwell must be a communist! Lets just put these two in prison, throw away the key and end this based on allegations!!

        1. Does your concept of Innocent until proven guilty apply to those in jail on bond? Are you advocating for no bail? These guys should not be at work while being investigated, that is standard.

          1. Yes, Innocent until proven guilty is the LAW in the USA with no acceptions. A judge determines bail based on the offence. Are you a foreigner that knows nothing about the US constitution? If so Google it!! Since you seem a little slow… I was trying to make a joke as to what to do when these minor allegations against someone are brought to this level including a law enforcement investigation. If everyone was sent home from work every time someone made an accusation real or not, there would be NO workforce in the USA!

          2. TJ, of course not everyone is sent home when another person makes an accusation. But once it rises to a long, active criminal investigation with the police, that’s when they are sent home. And as you said, a judge determines bail, so “innocent until proven guilty” doesn’t stop us from arresting, detaining and jailing the accused. No one needs to google anything to know that. Sit down and relax

          3. Your blind!! All this is are a couple employees that hate there boss and are coming up with accusations to jet him fired! I’m sure one of them wants his job!!

  1. Now that they are back to work they can destroy any incriminating records and evidence that has yet to be discovered by the criminal investigators. That helps both these two targeted employees and their superiors, all of whom where aware of the corruption. Once again the taxpayers are the ones who are screwed.

    1. Please… Tell me this, are you the employee that said “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” or the one that said “He thinks he’s untouchable and can do whatever he wants”??? Looks like you were up late last night. Enjoy your day at work now that your boss is back!! Not sure how the taxpayers are getting screwed?!? Other than all the hours spent on investigating scrap metal (TRASH) and a Menards rebate!!! Like I said before… what is next? A criminal investigation on the Joint Services janitor for collecting aluminum cans!?!

  2. Cashing in on a Menards rebate and scrap metal is STEALING. If he is doing do that what else is he doing? The taxpayers need to see some accountability and if it means investigating a janitor for stealing than so be it!!!

    1. LOL!!! Sounds like you have WAY to much time on your hands at work!! Get a job in the private sector and see what happens when you turn in your boss for stealing a pen or comes back late from lunch! I doubt there will be a law enforcement criminal investigation!! Why don’t you focus your time on getting some work done and quit complaining!! Again, I do not know what happened with the investigation yet!?! Do you?? I like the way you accuse others of stealing without any supporting evidence. Just your accusations! You need to shut up and get some work done! That will make the tax payers like myself happy!

      1. Ah yes, we should shut up and simp for criminals and daddy government, just like you. Oh wait, then you realize that the only way these allegations were taken seriously was by reporting and talking about it first. You can’t wait until an investigation is over to talk about it, if the investigation never happens in the first place because nobody wants to talk about it. I won’t tell others to shut up like you do, but I would advise you think before you speak.

        1. It is clear there has been an ongoing law enforcement investigation going on!
          Allegations are just that!! Lets see what the investigation results are!! You need to think before you speak when you believe accusations that are not yet backed by EVIDENCE! You need to shut up and get REAL! Your part of the problem!

  3. Joint circuses?

    The Menards rebate is a bit complicated if there is no policy and it only operates as a store credit. Still needs to be checked out.

    1. I agree! Lets see what the investigation uncovers. Could be a false accusation or possibly a one time thing that was done by mistake. If this is habitual and he was always cashing in Menards rebates for himself and not for Joint Services I am sure the investigation will find out either way. This whole thing sounds like some cry baby employees that don’t like their boss or want his job… We shall see!

      1. Interesting that you’re a simp for this guy. Please try reading first, there are many more illegal things in the criminal investigation other than the Menards thing. Simping by cherry picking is not a good look. You’re correct that he’s innocent until proven guilty, but the point is he shouldn’t be back at work during an investigation.

        1. The point is he should not have been put on leave until all FACT finding was completed! Is there was anything that was factual, he should then be put on leave.
          All other allegations are meaningless… Please!! Sounds like they are both back to work as they should be.

      2. It seems you are missing the point. If there really is a criminal investigation into the on-duty conduct of these two public officials, they should not be working. They should be on paid administrative leave until the investigation is concluded. If they are on the work premises during the investigation, they have the ability to influence the investigation. They could certainly destroy records and evidence. They could have conversations in the work place with potential witnesses. In your dogged defense of these two, you seem to throw common-sense out the window. The investigation should not be complicated by them working when it is happening. Let us see what the investigation determines. If they are cleared, let them come back to work.

  4. Dang Tyler settle down. You are still covered under Obama care. These RHINOS are not going anywhere. They’ve been half assing it for decades.

  5. It doesn’t matter, these guys are working for the city! And are not honest, keeping rebates / scrapping metal is a scam that puts money in his pocket. That is stealing and corruption bottom line, plus from what I’m hearing this guy thinks he is something, treats employees like shit, works and stores personal items in city owned garage taking up space, you think he cares about the city NO he cares about him and what he can do and take. Who do these people think they are, i have watched city employees do some shady stuff over the years, from the cops to the garbage men, this is sickening,

    1. Let me see the proof on rebates and scrap metal then we can talk corruption! Maybe the subordinates are the problem!! I am sure there are hundreds that would like to work for Joint Services!! If it is that bad FIND A NEW JOB!! That is what everyone else does! Unless someone is trying to find a way to get someone fired and take their job!?! Looks obvious to anyone with common sense!

  6. Thank you, Kevin.

    You are doing what the mainstream media did a long time ago. Now they are in a Galaxy far, far away.

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