WARREN - Building Department head Christopher Taneyhill was suspended for "gross insubordination," according to a series of emails obtained by the Tribune Chronicle.
Taneyhill's suspension began April 13 is scheduled to end June 9, according to city records.
Both Taneyhill and city officials have declined to discuss the issue.
However, in series of emails between Safety-Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa and Taneyhill in which they discussed his proposed punishment, the Building Department head suggested he missed one or more meetings with administration officials.
Taneyhill, in an email from April 12, requested a copy of a notice he was alleged to have received for an April 6 meeting with Mayor Doug Franklin, Cantalamessa and an unnamed local businessman.
About an hour later, Cantalamessa responded to Taneyhill's email, reiterating that his decision about the suspension needed to be in Cantalamessa's hands by April 13.
"If your decision is not received by me tomorrow at 8 a.m., I will assume there is no agreement, and your discipline will be left up to me solely," Cantalamessa wrote. "Be advised, I take gross insubordination very seriously."
At 5:42 a.m. April 13, Taneyhill responded thanking the administration for additional time.
"I am respectfully asking the administration to re-consider any disciplinary action based on the facts that I stated at the pre-disciplinary hearing held on April 11," he wrote.
Previous reports stated that Taneyhill, employed with the city since 2001, was notified of the suspension in a April 11 letter from Cantalamessa.
The hearing to discuss the allegations included Taneyhill, represented by Daniel J. Sferra Jr., president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2501, and the city, represented by Brian Massucci, director of the Human Resources, and David D. Daugherty, personnel supervisor.