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Palos Heights Official Put on Leave, Could Request Hearing by Next Week

James Dougherty no longer is serving as the City's Building Commissioner, Mayor Bob Straz confirmed.

A City of Palos Heights official has been placed on leave due to a undisclosed personnel issue.

Mayor Bob Straz confirmed Friday that Building Commissioner James Dougherty has until next week to ask for a hearing regarding an “internal personnel matter.”

Straz declined to say what the circumstances were that led to Dougherty being placed on leave. Dougherty has been on leave from his position since last week.

Employees can request a hearing under the City’s personnel guidelines, Straz said.

“He has a right to do that,” Straz added.

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Mike Conroy August 10, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Why is this breaking news? I thought the sky was falling and something urgent happened. Mike
South side Native August 10, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Thanks...I appreciate reading any news that has just happened...what it should be called Mike?
Nick Swedberg (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Hi Mike! Thanks for the comment. I sometime use the Breaking News alerts to let people know about important and developing stories. I suspect this topic will be ongoing. I promise you that I'll never use the Breaking News feature lightly. Appreciate the question!
Momo Dee August 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM
You people have a lot to do..
Blow horn August 12, 2012 at 02:21 AM
He was removed from his office unwillingly.
Elvis August 12, 2012 at 03:02 AM
What did he do? The Regional news is reporting that the bldg dpt has been under investigation.
Chronicles of Bob August 12, 2012 at 03:14 AM
That would not be shocking ... the other guy in there is a blank blank blank... he needs to go too.
Elvis August 12, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Well he is his guy. Brought him in after he joined.

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