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June 27, 2014

Blair trustees shift course in effort against supervisor

TRAVERSE CITY — Blair Township board members took a step back from their planned prosecution of Supervisor Pat Pahl and instead agreed to hire an independent attorney to investigate allegations of harassment against him.

Township Clerk Lynette Wolfgang accused Pahl of harassment for ignoring her for almost a month and then allegedly telling her he would make it his job to see she is not re-elected in 2016. Pahl's attorney, Scott Howard, said the incident alleged by Wolfgang does not constitute harassment under the township's policy or state or federal law.

He had asked the trusttees to cancel the Wednesday meeting because it violated the township's own policy that requires a confidential investigation of such allegations before they are publicized.

"It's disappointing they didn't do the investigation in the first place," Howard said. "Pat's confident it will vindicate him."

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