Vienna official placed on administrative leave

VIENNA — An administration official in the City of Vienna has been placed on leave while an investigation is conducted, officials said on Wednesday.

Public Works Director Craig Metz was placed on leave last week.

An investigation was requested as soon as allegations arose, Mayor Randy Rapp said. Rapp contacted Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure and the investigation was referred to the West Virginia State Police, Rapp said.

Neither Rapp nor Lefebure disclosed the nature of the allegations.

“We are awaiting a report to come back,” Rapp said.

Lefebure also said Wednesday he could not confirm or deny any information about an ongoing investigation.

Though Rapp would not confirm the identity of the employee placed on leave, Metz was placed on leave either Wednesday or Thursday of last week, Councilman Roger Conley said.

Metz could not be reached for comment. Several listed phone numbers for him were non-working numbers.

Lawrence Messina, director of communications for the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, a spokesman for the State Police, said the agency declines to confirm or deny whether there is such an investigation or to comment.

Metz was a Democratic candidate for Parkersburg City Council from District 3 in 2016, losing the election to the Republican Bob Mercer. A graduate of Parkersburg South High School and Glenville State College, Metz has been Vienna public works director for about 20 years.