KID's manager, office
specialist on administrative leave
Herald and News by Holly
Dillemuth, posted to KBC 8/16/18.
Klamath Irrigation District Manager John Wolf has
voluntarily been placed on administrative leave, according
to Scott Cheyne, assistant manager of the district, the
second largest irrigation district in the Basin.
asked, Cheyne declined to say when Wolf would return to the
office but confirmed he is still employed by the district.
It is unclear at this time if Wolf is being paid by the
district during leave.
a personnel issue,” Cheyne said. “That was his choice after
he conferred with counsel.”
Seater, office specialist for the district, has also been
placed on administrative leave, Cheyne said.
said no employees at KID have been dismissed at this time.
It is unclear at this time when the employees were first put
following the process that our counsel and special districts
has recommended,” Cheyne said.
also unclear at this time if the placement of Wolf and
Seater on administrative leave are related.
was hired in September 2016 by the KID board. At the time,
former KID board members Dave Cacka and Greg Carleton
questioned the $100,000 annual salary for Wolf, which was
approved by a split 3-2 vote by the board. Also questioned
by former board members was his ability to work with GIS
systems and his “limited” irrigation district experience.
served as a regional equipment manager for Knife River in
the Waco, Texas-area for five years before coming to KID,
and is a longtime heavy equipment mechanic and operator. He
also brought 30 years of managerial experience to the
district, and experience as a farmer and rancher.
prior to coming to KID, worked for Klamath County as the
property control manager and tax collector. She sued the
county for wrongful termination in 2014. Seater claimed she
was fired based on falsified human resources complaints, and
that her termination violated a verbal agreement with county
county paid her $325,000 to settle the suit.
settlement reached Aug. 24, 2017, the county agreed to pay
Seater $115,000 up front and $35,000 per year through 2023.
In exchange, Seater released the county from liability as
well as defendants Human Resource Manager Daneen Dail and
former Commissioner Dennis Linthicum, now an Oregon senator.
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