Lansing puts human relations director on leave after financial probe



Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said her office plans to review a file the city of Lansing submitted on former human resources director, Joan Jackson Johnson.


The city has placed Director of Human Relations and Community Services Joan Jackson Johnson on paid administrative leave.

6 News has confirmed that a review of transactions involving her department was lead by a forensic auditor as a result of contracts that involved the City Attorney’s Office.

No details of the investigation are being made available, including when the audit began.

Lansing City Council President, Peter Spadafore, sat down with 6 News about the ongoing investigation.

“At this time all I can confirm is that the director of the HRCS department has been placed on administrative leave and all other questions related to this confidential personnel matter should be referred to the office of the city attorney, that office is handling this investigation, at this time I do have faith in the full department staff and the acting director, Mr. Tate, and their ability to continue the services that the citizens of Lansing rely upon and deserve,” said Spadafore.

The City of Lansing commented on the investigation stating:

As a result of issues with contracts going through the City Attorney’s Office, the City Attorney engaged a forensic auditor to review transactions in the City’s Department of Human Relations and Community Services. As a result of findings in the report, the City Attorney is obligated to refer it to the proper local, state and federal authorities and Director Dr. Joan Jackson Johnson has been placed on paid administrative leave. Due to personnel confidentiality, we cannot say anything further.

The City has full confidence in the HRCS team to continue to provide the necessary support and services to those in need in the City of Lansing.

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