City leaders inch closer to removal of auditor

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Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020 6:21 am | Updated: 7:23 am, Fri Jun 26, 2020.

Hillsboro city commissioners moved one step closer Tuesday to firing embattled city auditor Matt Mutzenberger.

On a 4-1 vote, commissioners started formal proceedings for Mutzenberger’s dismissal, a process that could take several weeks.

In the meantime, Mutzenberger will remain on paid administrative leave.

Deputy Auditor Julie Bjorklund will take charge at city hall. Commissioners agreed to “step up and help” if needed.

Despite praising the auditor’s “cleanup” of city hall over his two-year tenure, commissioners determined that Mutzenberger’s negative actions outweighed the positives.

Those negatives – as outlined by City Commissioner Levi Reese in a June 8 letter to fellow commissioners – include bringing a gun into city hall, disrespecting residents, barring a commissioner from city hall, using sexist and derogatory language and insubordination.

Reese said the letter was a response to feedback from residents, citing “individual incidents” that showed “ongoing inappropriate behavior.” 

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