Tuesday: State Building Manager Fired

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The manager of the state office building in Watertown for the last five years has been fired.

David Steyer told 7 News he was shocked by his dismissal, which came in a meeting with an official from the Office of General Services.

No reason was given.

A spokeswoman for the Office of General Services (OGS) takes issue with our story.

Heather Groll said Steyer was not fired, and that he submitted a letter of resignation.

She also said no decision has been made about the future of the job.

Groll claims the OGS representative met with Steyer to accept his resignation.

A letter from the Office of General Services to Steyer does not mention him 'resigning.' It states "...I must inform you that your services as Building Superintendent are no longer required..."

The job is a political appointment, and appointees are required to submit letters of resignation that can be used when administrations change. Groll said she did not know the date of Steyer's resignation letter.

Steyer is technically on vacation until April 11, and is then leaving his job.

There is no allegation of wrong-doing or other bad behavior on Styer's part.

Steyer is a former member of the Jefferson County sheriff's department.

As for Steyer's replacement, fellow Democrat and current Jefferson County elections commissioner Sean Hennessey would not confirm that he is a candidate for the job.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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