County spent $12K so far on toilet paper caper

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JANESVILLE - A suspected theft of fewer than a dozen rolls of toilet paper from Rock Haven nursing facility has cost Rock County taxpayers over $12,000 in legal fees as part of an investigation.

The Rock County Board voted 19-7 on June 27 to reinstate the Rock Haven employee who was fired by the county's human resources department. The employee was investigated by the administration and she had denied ever stealing the 11 toilet paper rolls.

According to Rock County Administrator Josh Smith, the county has paid outside legal consultant Shana Lewis $12,801 through May 31. Smith said the county "will be revisiting its grievance policy" due to board members questioning the cost to taxpayers and the drawn-out legal process. Smith said there was no timeline for reviewing the county's grievance policy.

District 15 Supervisor Yuri Rashkin said the county board needed to look more closely at Rock Haven, noting that he is in the process of drafting a resolution for an adhoc committee to look at procedures at Rock Haven.

"We have to make sure there aren't systemic problems and that it works well," Rashkin said. "We have a responsibility that it functions with all the investment we've put behind it as a county. A committee is a way to get any issues taken care of and we have the support of the administration to do this, that's encouraging."

Rock Haven opened as a nursing home in 1963, but the original building became outdated and was demolished. The new Rock Haven facility was built at a cost of about $31.7 million.

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