Gardner suspended by city manager

Gardner suspended by city manager
Erin Gardner (Source: WWNY)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - City of Watertown Parks and Recreation superintendent Erin Gardner was suspended without pay Wednesday by acting city manager Ken Mix.

Mix declined comment. Gardner confirmed the suspension, but declined further comment.

We reached out to Watertown city council members and Mayor Jeff Smith as well. Smith referred all comment to the city manager, who likewise declined to comment.

Gardner’s suspension comes about six months after she accused then-city manager Rick Finn of creating a hostile work environment.

After an investigation - and a still-secret report - the Watertown city council concluded Finn did not create a hostile work environment, but Finn resigned anyway.

“It was in the best interest for him and the city in addition to the additional stress that was put on Mr. Finn in this investigation, that he separate and move on,” Smith said at the time.

It was not clear Wednesday what, if any, connection the Finn matter has to Gardner’s suspension.

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