HELENA – A state pension fund director was “completely blindsided” and “devastated” when she was put on administrative leave this week by the Montana Public Employees’ Retirement Board president, her attorney said Friday.

Phil Hohenlohe is the Helena attorney who is representing Roxanne Minnehan.

She was placed on paid leave from her job as executive director of the Montana Public Employee Retirement Administration, which manages eight state pension funds.

Hohenlohe released this statement late Friday afternoon:

“Ms. Minnehan has served as the executive director of MPERA for seven years. She is loyal and hardworking and a person of integrity. She has done her job effectively.

“Ms. Minnehan was shocked and devastated by the decision to put her on leave. She was completely blindsided by this decision. She has not been given an opportunity to respond to the allegations, nor has she even been made aware of the details of the board’s supposed concerns.

“We are disappointed that the board chose to place her on leave and then share this information with the news media. Instead, MPERA should have discussed its concerns with Ms. Minnehan.

“Ms. Minnehan should be permitted to return to work immediately.”

The board’s president, Scott Moore of Mile City, met with Minnehan on Wednesday and put her on paid administrative leave.

Moore issued a statement to the Associated Press on Thursday that his meeting with Minnehan “was precipitated by concerns brought to the board president by staff and board members concerning multiple issues.”

Moore said he deemed it “in the best interest of both Roxanne and staff at MPERA that she not be involved at the workplace until an executive session of the full board, which will be held on Monday.”

The board has called an executive session for a personnel matter for 9 a.m. Monday at the MPERA offices in Helena. The two items are a request for an investigation and legal representation options.

(2) comments

glacierdude
glacierdude

“Ms. Minnehan was shocked and devastated by the decision to put her on leave. She was completely blindsided by this decision. She has not been given an opportunity to respond to the allegations, nor has she even been made aware of the details of the board’s supposed concerns. Was it that? Or was it yet another female being trusted with someone else's money who will now have her life in the casinos uncovered.

Can't wait for chapter 2.

glacierdude
glacierdude

Here we go again. Another woman in a position of trust and she is now being removed from that position, albeit with pay (of course....after all this is a government job and they get paid whether they work or not and YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT, you scraggly, unwashed heathanous riff raff you!! Seriously......I love this article. It has become far too common in recent years. This same article has been written a dozen times, only the name has changed.
"Ms. Minnehan has served as the executive director of MPERA for seven years. She is loyal and hardworking and a person of integrity. She has done her job effectively." OR “Ms. Minnehan was shocked and devastated by the decision to put her on leave. She was completely blindsided by this decision. She has not been given an opportunity to respond to the allegations, nor has she even been made aware of the details of the board’s supposed concerns. OK....which is it? She's either just another in a long line of female thieves that claim to "serve" yet end up absconding with the dough or she is truly a victim that should be under arrest as we speak. Sure can't tell much frk

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.