Mon. 7:40 p.m.: Planning commission investigation cost $42,000

WARREN — A report detailing an investigation into claims made by the director of the Trumbull County Planning Commission against other county officials cost $42,000, according to a bill provided Monday by Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda.

The conflict the report details was primarily between Trish Nuskievicz, the director of the planning commission, and Randy Smith, Trumbull County engineer. Nuskievicz claimed in a letter to the board overseeing the planning commission that Smith and people acting in support of Smithás goals created a hostile work environment by undermining her.

Smith filed a lawsuit in July against Nuskievicz and her wife, Heidi Nuskievicz, claiming the two defamed him with the complaint and public statements as the conflict unfolded.

The $42,000 report released by the board in March failed to come to a definitive conclusion about the validity of Nuskievicz’s claims. Nuskievicz was on paid leave from her position and is now on unpaid leave.

Read more in Tuesday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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