Kalamazoo supervisor Neuzil resigns amid sexual discrimination allegations

A former Johnson County Supervisor is now a former Kalamazoo County administrator.

Terrence Neuzil worked just three months at his most recent post in Michigan before resigning this week. The supervisor will be compensated with six months pay. This resignation comes after two female Kalamazoo County employees bringing forth allegations of discriminatory treatment from Neuzil last month. He was put on paid leave beginning March 15.

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At left, former Johnson County Supervisor Terrence Neuzil, shown here at a public forum on Oct. 15, 2015 — Photo by Adam Burke

In an email statement released Thursday, Neuzil dismissed the allegations as “malicious, unfounded and at times outlandish.”

Upon resignation, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported that Neuzil was offered a severance package worth nearly half his annual salary of $131,248.

According to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from the Kalamazoo Gazette and MLive Media Group, Neuzil asked one female county employee “to adjust to his sense of humor” while worrying that his wife would become jealous due to his work with “attractive” Kalamazoo County female employees. In addition to refusing to hold closed-door meetings with certain employees, it was also alleged that Neuzil referred to himself as “daddy,” and suggested that staff meetings be held in a hot tub.

Neuzil claims that the county has no proof of these allegations against him. In a statement, he said, “I have no history in my 15+ year career in county government of ever being disrespectful to an employee or a colleague, woman or man, and do not have any complaints in my background.”

Neuzil was elected as a Johnson County Supervisor in 2000, earning a salary of $54,997 from the county per year. In November 2015, he announced his resignation from Johnson County Board of Supervisors to pursue a career in Kalamazoo.

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