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Pender official responds to letter alleging employee harassment

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Pender County officials are responding to a letter that was sent by an attorney representing the Director of the Department of Social Services for Pender County, Dr. Reta Shiver. Pender County officials are responding to a letter that was sent by an attorney representing the Director of the Department of Social Services for Pender County, Dr. Reta Shiver.

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Pender County officials are responding to a letter that was sent by an attorney representing the Director of the Department of Social Services for Pender County, Dr. Reta Shiver.

The letter claimed that a written disciplinary warning was sent to Dr. Shiver from the Director of Health and Human Services, Carolyn Moser. The result was a performance improvement plan, which the letter claimed was "unwarranted and totally unacceptable."

It goes on to say that a private conference should have taken place rather than a written warning. In addition, the letter claims that "since consolidation of the Health Department and the Department of Social Services, undue harassment from Director Moser has been nonstop".

The Pender County Manager, Mickey Duvall responded to the letter. He said he reviewed the actions of Carolyn Moser and found no employee harassment.

He stated the following in an email to wect.com:

"Pursuant to Pender County Employee Personnel Policy, the County Manager has reviewed the actions taken by the Consolidated Health and Human Services Director, acting in a supervisory capacity to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of government operations, and has determined that no form of employee harassment has occurred or exists as alleged in this letter. At this time Pender County has no further comment on the matter."

The letter states:

"On March 4, 2014, Dr. Shiver received a written disciplinary warning from the Director for: (1) unsatisfactory performance of duties and (2) unacceptable person conduct. The result was a performance improvement plan (PIP) for the next sixty (60) days. This PIP is unwarranted and totally unacceptable. Dr. Shiver submitted a detailed rebuttal on March 6, 2014 and noted these issues were being raised for the first time. A private conference would have been appropriate rather than a written warning. Since consolidation of the Health Department and the Department of Social Services, undue harassment from Director Moser has been nonstop."

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