City council to discuss complaints by city employees against Hewitt mayor

Posted at 1:49 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 16:19:25-04

The Hewitt City Council will be discussing three complaints against Mayor Ed Passalugo made by city employees during a closed executive session on Monday. It will be during their workshop at 6:30 p.m.

City Manager Adam Miles said two of the complaints are of a confidential nature, but the third is related to official misconduct by Passalugo. 

However, on Friday, the city manager said that the complaints are of defamation of character, disparate treatment, violation of due process, discrimination, harassment, workplace bullying, the creation of a hostile work environment, interference of official duties and disruption of public business. 

The mayor has been asked to refrain from contacting the city employees at this time. He has also been asked to not enter city buildings. 

The city council will also discuss having a third party impartial investigation by the law firm of Lynn, Ross and Gannaway, LPP.

"While this situation is complicated and difficult, we are working diligently to address these concerns in an open, transparent, and constructive manner," Miles said. "This situation is very difficult for some employees. I am proud of their continued efforts to deliver high-quality service to Hewitt residents."

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