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Complaint Against Moline Interim City Administrator

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Moline's interim city administrator will be excused from his regular duties this week. Martin Vanags will instead attend special training following complaints about his conduct.

A press release from the city says it received an allegation that statements made by Vanags, "created a hostile work environment in violation of the city's sexual harassment policy."

Moline hired an outside firm to investigate, and it concluded he did not violate the city's sexual harassment policy, but did make statements in the workplace that were not appropriate. 

So Vanags will attend training this week, then return to his duties in city hall next week. While he's gone, Finance Director Carol Barnes will serve as acting city administrator. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.