Once again, Duluth blows off Minnesota Statute 13.
Duluth School Board member resigns from city job after complaint, investigation
City officials confirmed in September the existence of an active complaint against Tom Kasper, but declined to divulge details.By: Brandon Stahl, Duluth News Tribune
Duluth School Board member Tom Kasper resigned from his position Friday as the City of Duluth’s building and grounds supervisor.
The resignation comes after Kasper posted on his Facebook page Sept. 10 that he was taking the month off. City officials confirmed that week the existence of an active complaint against Kasper, but declined to divulge details.
Kasper, who could not immediately be reached for comment today, has in the past declined to talk about the complaint or his absence from the city.
City officials have not released information about the complaint or the reason for Kasper’s resignation.
“You would have to ask Mr. Kasper about that,” said Alison Lutterman, a deputy city attorney who typically handles data requests for the city.
Under the state’s Data Practice Act, the specific complaint and the reason for a disciplinary action taken against an employee only becomes public when a government entity “makes its final decision about the disciplinary action. … Final disposition includes a resignation by an individual when the resignation occurs after the final decision of the government entity, or arbitrator.”
Kasper’s resignation means that the city’s disciplinary action, if any, was not final.
“There was no final disciplinary action taken against Mr. Kasper,” Lutterman said. “We do not pursue complaints against people who are no longer employed with the City of Duluth.”
Kasper had worked for the city’s Park Maintenance department since 1994, according to a School Board candidate profile in the Duluth Budgeteer News in 2009.