The manager of Kennewick Irrigation District's real estate division was placed on administrative leave Tuesday pending a board investigation of complaints and charges.
The board's decision came after a closed-door session at the end of Tuesday's regular board meeting.
Chuck Freeman, district manager, said the board did not publicly identify the employee by name or job title, but the board members decided that all realty division employees would be put under his direct supervision on a temporary basis.
Joetta Rupert is the realty division manager. She could not be reached for comment Tuesday. In response to a question, Freeman said Rupert would not be at work today or Thursday.
The board also decided to have a special meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday to conduct another closed-door session for evaluating the complaint and charges against Rupert.
Rupert earlier attended the public portion of Tuesday's board meeting and updated the board members on efforts to hire a consultant to appraise KID's property on Red Mountain. She also reported about a recent trip to attend a conference in Seattle for owners of vineyards and wineries.
Rupert told the Herald two months ago that some of the board members wanted to scale back the realty division and not have separate offices for realty and KID headquarters.
Board President John Jaksch could not be reached for further comment.