“I’ve read through Kim’s last six performance reviews and found no issues in those,” he said.
He added that the county has a grievance process through the human resources department and said he would not “make decisions based on anonymous letters sent or emails, or whatever, or people who have left the organization over the past few years.”
About 80 people attended the meeting earlier this month. Some were former workers of Burleigh County Social Services — which is now the human service zone under a redesign of social services implemented by the 2019 Legislature — while others work in the behavioral health industry.
That meeting was called by State Sens. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, and Dick Dever, R-Bismarck, board members who made the proposal. They asked for the board to decide whether to hire an independent investigator, saying “several complaints and concerns have been brought to our attention” regarding Osadchuk from “individuals, agencies, and organizations.”
Oban in a letter to other board members said complaints to her “expressed anonymously” and in “face-to-face conversations” accused social services of a “hostile work environment” and “difficult working relationships with community partners,” and referenced “employee morale, turnover, and insufficient training” and “questions of prioritization of saving money over the safety and care of children and families.”