7 Investigates: Adams Co. sheriff’s challenger: Sheriff’s office job suspension 27 days before election “politically motivated”

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ADAMS, Wis. (WSAW) – In the middle of trying to unseat Adams County Sheriff Sam Wollin, his challenger, Sheriff’s Office Investigator Brent York, questioned the motive behind Sheriff Wollin suspending him 27 days before the election.

“The past two days have been extremely difficult for me and my family as I try to process the timeliness of this information.” York wrote in a Wednesday evening Facebook post. “It appears to my supporters and myself that this action was highly personal and politically motivated.”

York went onto say his suspension is related to his role as a witness in a “highly litigated” 2001 case.

“The administrative leave is ‘pending the investigation/determination of the impact that a Brady/Giglio disclosure’ that was issued to me on October 9, 2018,” York wrote. “New information was recently discovered that has been in the county's possession since 2004. This is not a disciplinary investigation.”

Earlier Wednesday, in a statement to 7 Investigates, Sheriff Wollin said the suspension decision came one day after staff at the Adams County District Attorney’s Office sent him a copy of the “Brady Notice” that York references in his Facebook post.

“That notice was provided to the County Manager, who contacted legal counsel regarding the notice and any potential employment issues,” Wollin said. “It was determined that Brent York would be placed on Administrative Leave effective Wednesday, October 10, 2018 until a determination could be made moving forward.”

Sheriff Wollin said he would not comment further because this was a pending personnel matter.

On Wednesday night, with Sheriff Wollin seated beside him, York shocked the Adams Co. Sheriff Candidates Forum audience, announcing his suspension.

"Today's been a difficult day for me. Today I was placed on administrative leave from the sheriff's office,” York said, following 30 seconds of silence as he appeared to struggle to find the right words.

"I'd like to say a lot of things, but I'm not going to do that. And I'm not going to let this take me out,” York said, ending his opening statement.