Gov. Pete Ricketts fired Nebraska Department of Administrative Services Director Byron Diamond.
Chief Information Officer Ed Toner will serve as the interim director.
“My administration is committed to holding team members accountable for creating an environment that helps the team be successful and uphold our values,” Gov. Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office. “Ed Toner has been an effective leader as our Chief Information Officer, and I am confident in his ability to lead the organization in this interim period.”
The Lincoln Journal Star reported Diamond was fired for “how he handled a temporary employee who was mistreating women employees.”
The Journal Star reported the governor said Diamond was counseled to take action against the temporary employee who used “inappropriate language” and was engaged in “bullying and being combative” in dealing with other employees, but he failed to do so.
The governor’s office confirmed the temporary employee also has been fired.
Diamond became Administrative Services director in 2015.
Democrat state Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, who is running against Ricketts, was quick to comment on the firing.
“It was common knowledge for over a year now, that Director Diamond was allowing the mistreatment of women and other employees,” Krist said in a written statement released by his campaign. “I question why Gov. Ricketts waited until now, just days before the election, to finally take action.”
“Women should be treated with respect and dignity in the workplace, they should not – under any circumstance – be expected to endure harassment or discrimination, and no person should work in state government who either condones, ignores or would allow this kind of behavior.”