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October 21, 2014, 4:31 pm
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Assistant City Attorney Linked To File Shredding Scandal Leaves Her Job; City Spokesman Won't Say Why

An assistant Springfield city attorney who was involved in the decision to shred police internal affairs files last year is no longer with the city.  Geannette Wittendorf’s last day was Friday. 


A spokesman for Mayor Mike Houston confirms Wittendorf’s departure, but won’t say why she left or whether her departure was voluntary, saying it’s a personnel matter.


Email exchanges indicate that Wittendorf was among the city officials who gave the green light for the destruction of internal affairs records a year ahead of schedule... despite the fact that those records were the subject of a pending Freedom of Information Act request.  Wittendorf had been scheduled for a deposition in the resulting lawsuit over the file shredding, but the deposition was cancelled when the city moved to settle the case.


Wittendorf remained on the city payroll, but was reassigned to different duties within the corporation counsel's office after the scandal broke.  Houston had indicated that he was waiting for the completion of a State Police investigation before taking any action against individual employees who may have been involved in the document destruction.

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