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Robinson out as Veterans Service director

Update 5/2/19

Robinson resigned from his position as president of the Minnesota Association of County Veteran Service Officers, or MACVSO, according to an email April 30 from Greg Peterson, the organization's new president. The email states Robinson informed the executive board he was "retiring for personal reasons."

"As we navigate this transition, the association remains committed to continue to meet the needs of veterans and their families across the state,” Peterson wrote.

Original story below:

Veterans Service Director Lyman "Robby" Robinson tendered his resignation last week after being placed on administrative leave April 23, 2019 -- one day after an undisclosed complaint was made against him, the Republican Eagle has learned. 

Robby Robinson

Goodhue County Board Chair Brad Anderson did not speak to any details surrounding Robinson's paid administrative leave, but said Monday, April 29 that Robinson turned in his resignation effective May 2.

No other information has been obtained from Goodhue County officials nor the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers, of which Robinson is the president, about the complaint.

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Robinson was the mayor of Cannon Falls for multiple terms. This past year, he decided not to seek re-election.

The Republican Eagle submitted a data request to Goodhue County on April 29.

Robinson has been the Veterans Service officer in Goodhue County since 2014 and earns $111,696.

Previously he held that same position in Washington County. While there, Robinson had sexual harassment complaints filed against him and reprimanded as a result in 2010.

At the March 18, 2014, Goodhue County Board meeting, commissioners unanimously approved hiring Robinson, with no discussion prior to the vote.

The commissioners later said they were not aware of the reprimand and did not reverse the decision or further examine the claims at that time.

A month later, a special session was called to review a sexual harassment complaint against Robinson. The special session found the complaints unsubstantiated.

There is no information on why Goodhue County placed Robinson on administrative leave last week.

County officials declined to answer questions about any succession plan; the Veterans Service Office is being staffed, although there are some situations that only a veteran service officer can process.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed details surrounding the events of Robinson being placed on administrative leave to the county attorney. The RE regrets the error.  

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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