After an independent investigator outlined 10 general allegations involving Door County Administrator Michael Serpe's conduct as manager, including his abrasiveness, his angry outbursts, and his inappropriate sexual and ageist comments, he was terminated by unanimous (19-0) vote of the County Board.
Although his camp has admitted the he serves "...at the pleasure of the County Board....," they seem to have gone ballistic.
His wife calls his firing "unconscionable." Serpe himself says he is "disgusted" and "mortified." He says he is a victim of "character assassination" and the allegations are "...a work of fiction concocted by disgruntled...employees." And unfair.
It speaks volumes that Serpe, after six years as Administrator, had not one single supporter on the County Board. The allegations presented by the investigator were apparently quite convincing indeed. And apparently consistent with his personality as experienced by Board members.
Now, having dismissed an offered settlement and a graceful exit, he is threatening the County with "consequences" of an undisclosed nature.
People get fired every day. For any or no reason. Most try to learn from the experience, and put it behind them. Not Serpe. No, he'll make us pay. Vindictive, I believe, is the proper adjective. And yes, this is another insight into his character.
Perhaps it is time he move back to Kenosha, where his management style is apparently more appreciated. In Door County, we expect our government leaders to treat employees with respect.