NIC investigation leads to a flurry of subpoenas

Newly hired North Idaho College attorney Art Macomber has issued a series of 15 subpoenas, connected to an investigation of President Nick Swayne’s contract.

Kaye Thornburgh of the Coeur d’Alene Press reported Saturday on the flurry of subpoenas.

Thornburgh reported the subpoenas went to former trustees Pete Broschet, John Goedde, Ken Howard, David Wold, and Christie Wood; NIC’s former legal counsel; the Pauly Group consulting firm, which headed the presidential search that landed Swayne at the college; and several NIC administrators.

The subpoenas request “all documents, records, notices, correspondence, reports, memoranda, drafts, contracts, emails (including attachments) or other information in your possession or under your control related in any way” to Swayne’s hiring and contract, Thornbrugh reported.

On a split vote, trustees placed Swayne on paid administrative leave on Dec. 8. Trustees supporting the move said they wanted to investigate a clause in Swayne’s contract, changed months after his hiring in June. The change now allows only Swayne to terminate his contract without cause; originally, the contract also allowed the college the same authority.

Trustees have since hired Gregory South as interim president, at a $235,000-a-year salary that exceeds Swayne’s $230,000-a-year salary.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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