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Nitro Worker Claims Sexual Harassment Against City Official

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#1 Dec 21, 2011
Widespread disagreements & increasing hostility have divided Nitro city departments, & pushed one employee to file a sexual harassment complaint with the Human Rights Commission, according to several city workers.

Sandy Saunders, an admin asst & former city building inspector, spoke to Nitro City Council Tuesday about a complaint she filed against another city employee five months ago. Saunders read sexual harassment policies from the city handbook before asking council members to grant her leave with pay until her situation is resolved. She said her work environment has been hostile since she filed the complaint, leaving her unable to work in a healthy environment.

After Saunders spoke, council called an executive session that lasted nearly an hour. No action was taken on the matter.
Saunders claims a city official made several inappropriate sexual remarks toward her on the job. Saunders said after she reported the conduct and met with city leaders, no action was taken to remedy the situation. She has since filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

Saunders was a part of Tuesday's executive session. Afterward, she spoke with 58 WCHS about the allegations she's made involving Nitro employees.

"It's about working in an atmosphere without the conduct, behavior, the threatening, and sexual harassment remarks," Saunders said. "I deserve that."

On at least two separate occasions, a city employee made sexually explicit comments in a Nitro office, according to Saunders.
Another female city employee who spoke anonymously said she witnessed sexual harassment. That employee said she has also hired an attorney and plans to file a lawsuit. "You will hear my story when it all comes out," the woman told 58 WCHS.

Saunders said tension has been running high in the city since 2008, when the current council was elected "There is so much animosity that departments can't even get along," she said.
Numerous other rank-and-file city employees corroborated Saunders claims that city departments have been on edge. A veteran firefighter told 58 WCHS it was "the worst I've ever seen."
Police Chief Jack Jordan has been at odds with several city council members over an investigation into a special police fund. After a state audit discovered that $58,000 from the account was misused, council members ordered City Attorney Richie Robb to look into what happened to the money.

Jordan and other police officials said the money was not public money because it was not funded by taxpayers. Most of the money came from contributions from police officers after winning a lawsuit against a bulletproof vest company in the early 1990s.
However, Robb claimed once the money was managed by a public entity, the funds became public. The investigation has yet to be finalized & has left some officers and residents restless. Jordan has claimed the issue is politically motivated.

The city's fire department has also gone through its share of turmoil this year. Firefighter A.J. Shinn was fired for being late to work, but was rehired after appealing to the Civil Service Board. The incident has left many in the fire department, and in City Hall, divided.

Heated debates among city officials have even leaked onto a popular forum posting website. Though users are anonymous, multiple posters claim to be city officials, & several told 58 WCHS Tuesday that city officials have been posting online.
Saunders said she doubts council will grant her leave with pay because they know she needs to work. She is a widow with a chronically sick child. Saunders said she needs her job for health insurance.

"They didn't respect me, & they're still not respecting me," Saunders said. "I'm tired of being treated like this."
Mayor Rusty Casto declined to comment on what happened during Tuesday's executive session. He said city leaders cannot comment on such personnel matters. Saunders said Casto had been understanding, but that other city leaders were not taking her allegations seriously.

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#2 Dec 21, 2011
The above wasn't a story written by Rusty Marks - you actually get some information in the above piece.

Kuddos to the reporter for WCHS Radio.
Observer 2

Parkersburg, WV

#3 Dec 21, 2011
Curious to see who this other female city employee is, since the only ones there at the meeting last night were Rita cox and Debra Jordan.

Since: Dec 11

Charleston, WV

#4 Dec 21, 2011
First time I've seen what appears to be the "truth" written on any of these forums ... kuddos to WCHS!
Velvet

Parkersburg, WV

#5 Dec 21, 2011
Sick of Rusty Marks: Most of the money came from contributions from police officers after winning a lawsuit against a bulletproof vest company in the early 1990s

Who bought the vests in the first place?
Observer 2

Parkersburg, WV

#6 Dec 21, 2011
Interesting question velvet. Did the policemen receive some type of equipment stipend at that time from the city as they do now? That would certainly answer questions as to why the officers would have "donated" that money back to the city. Especially at a time when chief Jordan had a houseful of children to provide for. Also looks like there was a lot of misrepresentation from the parties involved with the funds, making it look much more charitable than what it was if in fact those vests they sued over were paid for out of their equipment stipends.

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#7 Dec 21, 2011
I would counter your question Velvet with, Whose life was on the line due to a faulty vest? The individual officers.

But based on the information I have been provided they were purchased with grant money received after the police department submitted a grant proposal for funding. The city nor council had any involvement.

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#8 Dec 21, 2011
It is interesting Observer 2 is so interested in the money donated by the officers and trying to say it was never theirs to begin with.

The fact remains the award of the settlement was the individual officers to do with as the pleased. They could have kept it for themselves. But like most of the officers in Nitro they always think of others before themselves.

I am more interested with the people trying to say that the city paid for these vests. When the money clearly came from grant funding.
Observer 2

Parkersburg, WV

#9 Dec 21, 2011
Sick of Rusty Marks wrote:
I would counter your question Velvet with, Whose life was on the line due to a faulty vest? The individual officers.
But based on the information I have been provided they were purchased with grant money received after the police department submitted a grant proposal for funding. The city nor council had any involvement.
So, by definition, grant money is taxpayer money from the government. Looks like velvet was correct and chief Jordan left out those details. As a matter of fact his words were it never was taxpayer money. Hmmm. Well, thank you for this information. That explains why they decided to "donate" the money to the police benefit fund.
Observer 2

Parkersburg, WV

#10 Dec 21, 2011
Sick of Rusty Marks wrote:
It is interesting Observer 2 is so interested in the money donated by the officers and trying to say it was never theirs to begin with.
The fact remains the award of the settlement was the individual officers to do with as the pleased. They could have kept it for themselves. But like most of the officers in Nitro they always think of others before themselves.
I am more interested with the people trying to say that the city paid for these vests. When the money clearly came from grant funding.
Doesn't sound like it really was theirs tk do with as they chose. So many little caveats. I am enjoying this immensely. Please, keep giving more details.
Velvet

Parkersburg, WV

#11 Dec 21, 2011
Sick of Rusty Marks wrote:
I would counter your question Velvet with, Whose life was on the line due to a faulty vest? The individual officers.
But based on the information I have been provided they were purchased with grant money received after the police department submitted a grant proposal for funding. The city nor council had any involvement.
Its wonderful that these defective vests were removed from service and no one was injured. All I ask who bought the vests? This was public money spent on these vests. If they would have submitted the grant and not affiliated themselves with someone like the City of Nitro they would have never got the grant.

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#12 Dec 21, 2011
The money from the lawsuit filed by the officers was not tax payer money. The money the officers donated to their benefit fund was never tax payer money.

It was theirs (the individual officers) to do with as the please.
Observer 2

Parkersburg, WV

#13 Dec 21, 2011
Sick of Rusty Marks wrote:
The money from the lawsuit filed by the officers was not tax payer money. The money the officers donated to their benefit fund was never tax payer money.
It was theirs (the individual officers) to do with as the please.
If the vests were paid for with grant (tax payer) money, then the money "recovered" for faulty vests paid for with grant (tax payer) money wouldn't really belong to the individual officers wearing vests paid for by grant (tax payer) money. Now, had those officers been injured wearing that vest, the story would be different. What chief Jordan has done is leave out very pertinent details about how the officers acquired those vests. Is it legal to profit in a lawsuit in this situation? I doubt it, at the very least, it would be very questionable, which I am sure is why the officers "donated" those funds received from faulty vests purchased with tax payer monies.

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#14 Dec 21, 2011
I guess you can take that up with the US Legal System. Because the money was indeed awarded to the officers. It was the officers wearing those vests thinking they were protected. Not the city.

How far will you go to try and say this police department has done something wrong?
Observer 2

Parkersburg, WV

#15 Dec 21, 2011
I did not say at any point that the police department did anything wrong What I said was it appears that chief Jordan left out details that he shouldn't have. When you leave out pertinent details, it leads people to believe you are not on the up and up. So don't contort my words into something they are not. The only people that were employed there at that time were gene and jack, so I am once again stating, I didnt say the police department did anything wrong, the information regarding the acquisition of these funds was held back and misrepresented. The vests were paid for with tax payer money, bottom line.
Wtf

Hurricane, WV

#16 Dec 21, 2011
Unbelievable!! I talked with the employee that filed the sexual harrassment. She still will not say publicly who the perpetrator was. I don't know anyone that could endure the scrunity she has. I'm told that ms cox told her she has "thin skin"!! Anybody that knows Sandy knows better!!! Ms cox attacked her web site errors. Come on ms cox, we all read your council minutes. Ms coz tried her condescending attitude with her as though Sandy brought the entire event on herself. Ms cox being a liberated female should know better! Ms cox states she is equal to the Mayor! Please, ms cox states there were 1,253 voters who voted for her to do right by the citizens!!! People, what the right thing to do was grant Ms Saunders administrative leave. Ms Saunders receives complaints directly related about ms Cox, but chooses not to bask in the complaint to ms cox, rather handle the complaint productively. Voters you can't trust a snake in the grass. This lady can't do her responsibilities. Her office is cluttered with papers everywhere. She don't know the computer techniques or skills. Amazing, what she does know, sandy taught her. Ms cox has always been jealous since the mayor moved sandy to his assistant!!! Seems there is more then one rat in the nest.

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#17 Dec 21, 2011
Observer based on the information I have gathered you are not correct. First of all there were more officers involved in the suit than Jack Jordan and Gene Javins.

There was never anything held back. Anyone with half a brain would know that the equipment an officer uses has to be purchased either with municipal or grant funds.

The fact still remains the funds donated to the account in question were the private funds of the officers who decided as a group instead of taking the funds for themselves to donate them.
Observer 2

Parkersburg, WV

#18 Dec 21, 2011
Well, it sounds like there are many details left out of this statement as well. Must not be enough evidence for council to act upon.

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#19 Dec 21, 2011
I wish Jack and the other officers would have kept their money. They should have learned by now no good deed goes unpunished.

I have seen Jack Jordan break his back for this city doing things that are clearly not in the description of Chief. I have seen his wife work herself to a frazzle over city events and work tirelessly with other volunteers for the community.

What is sad is that haters can create such perception about them to people who don't know them.

Hold your heads up guys. The people that know you and live in this community know where who the haters are and we will work to get them off the political stage in 2012.
Velvet

Parkersburg, WV

#20 Dec 21, 2011
Sick of Rusty Marks wrote:
The money from the lawsuit filed by the officers was not tax payer money. The money the officers donated to their benefit fund was never tax payer money.
It was theirs (the individual officers) to do with as the please.
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