WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — On Tuesday, employees in the Trumbull County Commissioner’s office were sent home early. According to commissioner Denny Malloy, it was because commissioner Niki Frenchko was harassing multiple employees.
Frenchko says this was not the case.
Wednesday’s commissioner’s meeting at times was tense. This meeting is just one day after Malloy sent employees home out of safety. According to Malloy, Frenchko created an unsafe environment for staff, verbally abusing some.
“Raising her voice…The girls in the office were scared,” Malloy said.
During a First News interview with Malloy, Frenchko interrupted the interview and filming it on Facebook Live.
This entire issue on Tuesday stemmed from an item for Wednesday’s meeting: voting to officially hire a new Human Resources Director. Frenchko says the new hire isn’t qualified. However, First News learned that Frenchko failed to show up for several commissioner’s workshops.
“Apparently she was looking for paperwork that we were given at a public meeting that she did not attend yesterday [Tuesday],” Malloy said.
“The HR director wouldn’t share those things with me, nor would the clerk,” Frenchko said.
First News was told those documents were already given out during the meeting she failed to attend.
After several hours Wednesday, the board voted and officially hired Alexandra DeVengencie-Bush has the new human resources director.