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Report: "Unprofessional behavior" not siren failure reason for Loeffelholz change

Outagamie County Emergency Management Director Julie Loeffelholz. (Photo from: FOX 11).
Outagamie County Emergency Management Director Julie Loeffelholz. (Photo from: FOX 11).

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Professional concerns were blamed for the departure of Appleton's emergency management director -- not last year's failure to activate the sirens when tornadoes hit.

The Post-Crescent examined Julie Loeffelholz's personnel file, after she was allowed to resign this past spring.

It contained a memo in which Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson cited a "pattern of unprofessional behavior" separate from the problem with the sirens. The memo said Loeffelholz used foul language in her office, screamed at employees, and slammed down telephones.

The file said Loeffelholz would get her full salary and benefits through July, and she agreed not to sue the county of criticize them to others.

Loeffelholz received a lot of criticism last August, after outdoor tornado sirens failed to sound in advance of six tornadoes which hit the Appleton area. Those storms caused $31 million in damage.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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