The documents included information on at least two other employees, commission President Greg Simmons said.
The emails were discovered by county Human Resources Director Angela Lewis on Feb. 20 when she accessed a county computer used by Gross to review pending files and emails, information in a notice of predisciplinary conference for Gross stated.
Lewis found all the items in the deleted items folder that been deleted and retrieved them from the recover deleted items option. This occurred on Feb. 8 before Gross left work ill, the report said.
“When asked during the investigation interview what the purpose was for sending each document from her work email to her personal email, she replied … numerous times ‘to cover my...,’” the report stated. The investigatory interview was led by Jeff Busch, director of the county Communication Center.
Gross further explained that she wanted the emails as proof she was performing her job duties.
She was accused of violating the county policy and procedural manual and the commissioners’ records retention and disposition schedule.
A predisciplinary conference for Gross was scheduled for April 9 but Gross waived that conference. She wrote on the notice waiver that the timing “does not give me time to get my attorney here or prepare.”