Board strips Medford Water Commission manager of some duties

Medford, Ore. — The board for the Medford Water Commission voted unanimously Wednesday, to suspend manager Larry Rains’ ability to hire and fire employees. This comes after spokeswoman Sara Bristol was let go Friday.

Board members expressed their concern and surprise over Bristol’s sudden dismissal, in the wake of the commission’s investigation into lead pipes in the water system. Bristol tells NBC5 News Rains never discussed her performance with her.

“We didn’t have a great relationship so I guess I wasn’t entirely surprised,” Bristol says, “but I also hadn’t been disciplined or warned in anyway.”

“We did not know that there were concerns there,” board member Bob Strosser says, “and I felt there was a need for some answers.”

Bristol was still under a 1-year probationary period in which an employer does not have to have cause to terminate employment. The move to suspend Rains’ ability to hire and fire is effective immediately. He is currently undergoing a performance review.


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