PTC fire chief’s sexual harassment cost: $350,000

Extra $50K settlement offered for fire chief’s sexual pressures on female firefighter subordinate

Peachtree City officials have worked out a separate $50,000 settlement to compensate a female firefighter who claimed that former Fire Chief Ed Eiswerth stormed into her hotel room at a conference in November as part of an attempt to have sex with her.

The $50,000 settlement that will be voted on Thursday night by the Peachtree City Council would be in addition to a $300,000 settlement firefighter Martine Piers negotiated with the city’s risk management carrier, the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency (GIRMA).

When the incident at the hotel in Clearwater, Fla., came to light in December, Eiswerth tendered his resignation from the fire department. A federal equal employment opportunity complaint filed by Piers recounted how Eiswerth made multiple attempts to coax her into having sex with him.

In an interview with the city’s human resources department following the incident, Piers said she thought Eiswerth was going to rape her and that he violated her trust. Eiswerth also removed Piers from the city’s volunteer firefighter board a short time after they returned from the Florida conference, which she considered retaliation for rebuffing his sexual advances.

In the HR interview, Piers said she decided to come forward to protect younger female firefighters, and she didn’t want Eiswerth to brush the incident under the carpet.

Piers joined the fire department in November 2010 as a full-time firefighter. In exchange for the legal settlement, she is dropping the right to file future lawsuits with the city and also will move to dismiss her complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The proposed $50,000 settlement was reached during a mediation hearing Feb. 19 between Piers, the city and GIRMA.

The city may be facing a future lawsuit from Eiswerth in a dispute over unpaid sick leave he had accrued over his career with the fire department. The city has declined to pay the sick leave, an amount over $20,000, because city policy dictates that Eiswerth is ineligible because he did not work a full two-week advance notice period following the tendering of his resignation.

Eiswerth will be paid by the city for his accrued leave and compensatory time, according to an email sent to Eiswerth’s legal counsel in regards to the issue.

In a letter to Eiswerth Dec. 21, City Manager Jim Pennington noted that he was classifying Eiswerth’s resignation four days earlier as a “resignation while under investigation.”

In that letter, Pennington said had Eiswerth not resigned, “there is a very good chance that I would have initiated disciplinary proceedings,” against him.

“This conclusion is based on those allegations of the (EEOC) charge which you have admitted in your discussions with [HR Director] Ellece [Brown] and me as being true or substantially true, as well as your status as a department head for implementing, ensuring compliance with and enforcing city policy.”

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OK, Enough Already

We've all vented, we all agree that former Chief Eiswerth is a pervert, and he is no longer an employee of our fair town. On the surface if the complaint was made in December as indicated, then maybe the city has done the right thing. On the other hand if the complaint was submitted earlier, then we could have a major problem.
Until the facts present themselves, I have to agree with my friend Terry Garlock, and hope that those we have elected do what is right for the city and its employees.
In my opinion the city must reveal the time the complaint was received.

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PTC Fire Dept: No surprise from Council

Peachtree City--- our wonderful little town. “Come here to stay”. I have lived here for about 30 years. I love it. It is a great city and a great county. Is it perfect ? No way. But still a great place to raise kids, a great place to live and a great place to retire. Objectively. That’s what all the national reviews say.

But, Peachtree City is far from perfect. With all the staff infections, you would think it’s a MERSA outbreak.

For fear of reprisals in my retired life I choose anonymity. I have lived here 30 years. I am in a social club and a regular golf foursome. I am regularly at the 19th hole and I have seen a lot. I do not want to be made an outsider. Sorry, Terry. But EVERYTHING about the City in this blog is true, backed by news stories and the truth.

Going way back to Fred Brown, Peachtree City has always been image first. City Hall cared more about how we looked than anything. For years, the police department would report burglaries as thefts. It looked better. Finally that whole charade was stopped. Perfect town ? Several FBI and GBI investigations says “no”, not quite perfect.

Terry Garlock, nominated to serve on the city Water and Sewer Authority, stridently defends the city. Taking the lead and repeating the council mantra he says (1) we should not “rush to judgment” and (2) let’s not talk about it because it’s a legal matter. Terry, I believe that City Hall has already closed the book on this. They said that the Fire Chief was guilty. Paying a half million dollars is a fairly resolute way of expressing that sentiment that it is a done deal. But they will do absolutely nothing more than quietly sweep it under the rug.

This string of unacceptable staff behavior has been around for a very long time. Let’s be objective. Consider the DUI on City property, at a city event by a city official in 2006---- the City Manager Bernie McMullen.
(See: http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/7413). City Councils past and present have kept up the party line ---“Keep it quiet; keep up the image.” If the current City Council were any different they would investigate the matter fully. One person suggested a grand jury. Good idea. But this City Council and all their lawyers will not.

What else has happened in Peachtree City ? This post would be way too long. Let’s just look at the fire department. First we had the firefighter showing up for his shift drunk, for which he rightfully got a DUI (http://thecitizen.com/articles/01-19-2011/ptc-firefighter-charged-dui). Oh, he was the City Manager’s son. That’s the same City Manager who also got a DUI. Then we have a female firefighter assistant chief who was formally recommended for disciplinary punishment and quit, for sexually groping another female firefighter. (http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/03-14-2012/ptc-assistant-fire-chief-r...). Now, convinced of his guilt, City Council is paying $350,000 to a victim of the fire chief who she thought “was going to rape me.”

Go back to the City Manager DUI. A quality corporation would have investigated, educated and proliferated all staff--- any one who falls outside the line of reasonable behavior would be terminated. But that’s not how Peachtree City handled it. Still, our City Council and sycophants like Sewer Board nominee Terry Garlock insist that we should not “rush to judgment”.

Folks, again…This is a good town but it ain’t perfect and this is how it is. This Council is no different than any previous or future council and this staff misbehavior will continue will continue.

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Drinking and Sex--- two of my

Drinking and Sex--- two of my favorite things. Think I'll put in an application to volunteer at the Fire Department !!!

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I've held off on commenting

I've held off on commenting about this issue. I believe Ed was a bad leader, who violated his ethical requirements and deserves far worse than getting to retire.

That said, I was a volunteer for 6 years and know that the majority of volunteers and paid staff are professional who risk their lives when the go on their calls.

You won't find drinking in the stations. You can complete 6 months of rookie training, a full Saturday NFPA Firefighter I exam, written and practical then prep for the Firefighter II certification. You will have to maintain physical, training and call response standards. You will learn to hate your pager going off at 3am.

The last thing on anyone but the former Chief's mind is sex.

You should volunteer, it is a great experience and I'm glad I did.

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ptctaxpayer: LOL

The FD may be overwhelmed with volunteers soon. Why go to a bar and spend money when you can just go down to the local fire station and party like a rock star!

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The best thing we can do on the EEOC matter . . .

. . . is to refrain from tossing around speculation or accusations. I can tell you city hall takes these matters very seriously, especially since the EEO claim game is stacked against the defendant (our city). Please consider that while the plaintiff and the news media can talk publicly about their viewpoint of the case, the city cannot.

I would encourage you to let the process play out without comments that can only help those who wish the city (that means you and me as taxpayers) harm.

Terry Garlock

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you are right...good point, sorry!

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"those who wish the city harm"

Just who are you referring to exactly? Who do you feel is wishing the city harm?

Are you coming on here telling everyone to shut up and not get this out in the open? You don't want it discussed that a woman was terrorized by her boss in a hotel room and then had job functions removed as payback when she refused? Let's just keep this dirty little secret a dirty little secret?

Please explain further what you really meant to say, as I surely have misunderstood your intention. I will apologize for overreacting if/when you clarify your comments.

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Gossip, innuendo, speculation or accuasations . . .

. . . on the EEOC matters cannot help the city, but it can hurt while the city is in the middle of a serious legal issue. Of course the abuse that apparently occurred was egregious behavior that can never be tolerated, and anyone who knew of it and failed to give a heads-up to city hall are at fault here. I trust that when city mgt learned of the issue they acted immediately as is their duty, but I'm not going to gossip about it because all that can do is hurt my city.

While those at city hall with the responsibility are engaged in re-educating city employees and handling this sensitive legal issue, the rest of us (the grownups anyway) should take any facts we know about the case quietly to the city's counsel and otherwise shut the hell up as we wait for the outcome.

Terry Garlock

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Sorry Terry

There is a lot more than gossip or innuendo here when there are a lot of people who witnessed all this happened first-hand for several years and nothing done about it when it comes to either Eiswerth or Peki Prince.

Just because it's being discussed HERE right now doesn't mean that it isn't factual and is suddenly instead speculation or rumor.

I encourage everyone who doesn't know what the hell has been going on to butt-out also, but don't go away pretending that you know whether FD management or CH management knew anything or not for the past 10+ years or so about both Prince and Eiswerth because you're going to make fools out of yourselves.

EDIT: Don't forget that PTCFD Maj. Eddie Ferguson, the serial pedophile, came from the same culture and is one of the sickest people on the planet that others within long suspected and did nothing about.

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Terry, the City is shelling

Terry, the City is shelling out $350,000. Hello ! They are obviously convinced of very clear wrongdoing. Or, they should be shot for throwing money away. Real simple--- keeping our wrongdoings quiet is wrong and unfair to the taxpayer. They would do an investigation like Penn State did if Council really gave a damn but they (and you don't). All that's important is to pretend that we are perfect community. We're good but we ain't perfect. Accountability is what it's all about.

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Have I wondered into the shallow end . . .

. . . of the gene pool? I'm not suggesting hiding anything, not condoning any abusive behavior. I know thinking is hard but everyone should pull on their big boy pants and give it a try. While the city is seeking to settle its liability, anonymous gossip and speculation on the local public blogs doesn't help.

Terry Garlock

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With all due respect, Terry

Maybe some of us don't give a damn about the "city trying to settle its liability" in this case.

That issue is hardly the only one in this matter and sometimes you have to rain the fires of Hell down to keep any more of the scum like Eddie Ferguson, Peki Prince and Ed Eiswerth from happening again.

I have a world of respect for your service and the man you are and also your well-thought opinions, but there isn't enough crap that can be thrown at the city on this case and others. Never again.

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What's Peki done, NUK?

You include her in your "scum" group. What did she ever do except be a completely innocent and virginal victim? Firefighter. Model citizen. That Eiswerth person should have respected that and looks like he did not.

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mudcat: are u not paying attention?

Really? what has she done? Gee....read this newspaper and the lawsuit settlement regarding her case and then start to realize how she got into FD management to begin with and her relationship with Eiswerth. DUH.

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No NUK_1, I honestly don't know about Peki's past

I guess you are hinting she's one of those predators who goes out looking for, well, other predators and a payday. Hubby got approached by one of those years ago and we defeated her because he told me up front. Honesty, communication, etc. Remember that - it is the most important part.

Guess Peki and Eddie and their spouses had less of a relationship that we do.

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Husband & Father2 - EEOC & HR

In most large companies, HR has a fairly strong presence including an open door policy for employees to report such problems.

Some companies offer an box or email address for employees to report situation without using their names that HR can use to investigate. It's published in the employee handbook and posted on bulletin boards.

Had HR been notified, even blindly, then approached the department with 1 or 2 complaints, you would think the chief would have been "on notice" he could be in trouble.

A strong HR department and properly trained managers along with employee awareness can and should prevent this. That should be followed up with training programs for managers on proper conduct, how to do reviews and documentation. HR meetings with staff should also be conducted at the various locations every year as well.
This is cheaper than paying claims

Mayor should be demanding an HR policy & procedure review with city manager & attorney, followed by an action plan instead of blog pissing on George Dienhart on the blogs.

All we can hope for is that a council member will do it.

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Larry: It was hardly much of a secret

We're talking about some serious "willful neglect" in regards to the actions of Peki Prince and Ed Eiswerth for several years. There is no way in hell that some at CH had no idea that anything goes was happening not-so-discreetly within that department.

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That's the point

That's exactly the point

When the Prince incident occurred. That was the time for honest people to step forth and tell the city what's going on. This includes Ms. Piers or anyone who knew of sexual harassment througout the dept.

The problem is knowing whether or not the charges are true prior to the final incident in FL. If the EEOC filing is correct, Ms. Piers was harassed since she came on board in 2007. If accurate, I find it hard to believe in this small community, that others were not aware of the culture. This includes the city manager and possibly council. In todays society, animal house is no longer tolerated.

The harassment policy does not appear to be working if the employees are afraid to come forth for fear of losing thier jobs or being demoted.

In our litigous society, personal responsibility falls out the window. The first time the boss hit on the subordinate, the subordinate should be responsible to say no to any unwanted advances. I will even throw caution to the wind and allow a second pass. But the third unwanted advance should have been reported immediatly to HR and allowed to go up the food chain until the city manager warned the culprit that this is not tolerated. If the act continues, it should be documented each and every time.

No person should ever be placed in the position of feeling helpless to rape. Ms. Piers obviously used poor judgement allowing anyone into her hotel room that evening. When smart people go on business trips, they make a conscious effort not to be placed in positions where real or innuendo ruin thier good name. I think this is a little extreme, but I know of people who if they have to go to lunch with a client of the opposite sex, they make sure another person joins them or that they make arrangements for separate vehicles and the lunch is in a crowded room.

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I urge you to reconsider your thoughts on this issue.

First, Eisworthless has been doing this for YEARS and way before he was appointed Fire Chief. Peki Prince? The same. If you cannot connect the dots here, I don't know what else to say without laying it out very explicitly to the point that The citizen would likely delete my post.

Within the existing culture of the PTCFD and the pattern for years I'm not going to blame the victims here because it had been long too tolerated before their incidents occurred and I doubt they had much recourse besides what they did instead.

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"honest people" "smart people" "used poor judgement"

"real or innuendo". Great words, great sentiments.

Just blame the victim, just denigrate her even more with your implications that she is not honest, not smart and has poor judgement. Do you have a wife, a daughter? Would you ever hear yourself saying those words to them if they had been the victim of this predator? There are NO circumstances, EVER, when any man or woman thinks it is ok to put sexual advances on a woman who says no ONCE.

Where is your indignation toward the perpetrator? Direct it all to the victim, the current city staff, the current mayor, the attorney.

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The perpetrator is wrong, no two cents about it. If everything is true, he needs to be punished.

I am not blaming the victim for the perps misdeeds. It was wrong. I am pointing out that the system failed if the woman was afraid to file charges. The adult victim was not raped, she was propositioned from a moron who couldnt get it in his thick skull that he wasnt wanted. This was allowed to occur for years, supposedly only known between two people, before the final incident occured. I find this that know one else knew about this a little far fetched.

I can't always be there to protect my wife and daughter. When the story came out a few months ago, we had a discussion about this over dinner. I told my son, that its ok to ask a woman out on a date. but if she says no, that's it. I told my wife and daughter if they are ever propositioned I expect them to say no. They can do it nicely, but it has to be firm. If they are propositioned again by the same man, they are to be more emphatic. The third time, is a hell no and a swift hard kick into his groin. (My daughters karate will help0. I then advised them that they should report this to the authority figure.

Now tell me MLC, would you want your unmarried daughter or wife inviting men into her hotel room at a work convention, especially if one of the people is a known to be a predator? Sorry if I appear to pick on the victim, but I don't think this was a smart move by a grown woman.

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marido y grasa (H&F)

He is not a moron, he is a predator and dirtbag and has been for a long time. This calculated behavior doesn't appear overnight and it doesn't go away, if ever, unless properly treated by counseling. It wasn't about him knowing he wasn't wanted, it is a power control issue.

Tell me, do you know for a fact that she invited him into her room? I don't know that and I strongly doubt she did.

Every assumption you have made here points to the victim as one who is to assume blame here. You could not be farther from the truth.

Finally, this is not about a date who tries to get to first base. Apples and oranges. This is about a BOSS asserting sexual control over an woman who reports to him or her. It is NEVER acceptable, once, twice or three times nor ever and should be reported the FIRST time and what should be the ONLY time it ever happens.

The perpetrator is more than wrong. He broke the law, ruined at least one woman's career and is a mentally ill predator.

Whatever you do, do not show your comments to your wife. You then be subjected to getting up close and personal with the sofa and a blankie for many, many nights to come if you do.

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I didn't come on here to pick a fight. I never met the guy. The fire fighters I have met all seem to be good people. I have friends on the police force, but they have never said anything negative even when shooting bull at some backyard parties.

My parents always taught me to do the right thing. I have failed many times, but I am a quick learner.

I was recruited to manage a company within a holding group. In October of 2007, I found myself unemployed for the first time in my career because I discovered that my boss was cooking the books by shifting funds around the different entities to cover losses. I was fired for insubordination, my health insurance cut when I walked out the door. I had a job two weeks later. One year after I left, I read that the man that I worked for was being sued by his financial supporters for moving funds illegally between companies. Ponzi. He was found guilty. My former associates who thought I was nuts for identifying the problem, now say they should have listened to me. Two even begged for me to hire them. Other than sharing pleasantries with them I go and take care of my business since I know they aren't the type of people I want in the foxhole with me.

I have very little patience for those who don't stand up and do the right thing. That goes for those who knew and turned a blind eye. If we find out that culture was bad and the Prince incident was not isolated, as the city investigation determined then in my humble opinion, there needs to be massive turnover at the FD and city hall. The only problem I see is that a massive turnover in a fire department is probably not something that is good for the community.

I will keep any further comments on the subject to myself until this plays out.

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All good. I am not picking a fight. Sorry if you thought I was.

I don't know either if the culture was/is bad, other than the 2 that are now gone and maybe one that nuk mentioned who I know nothing about.

I knew both who are gone. One, on first impression, I knew right away something was bad, very bad and I notified someone. Problem is that someone is part of this. Until I read about it like you and everyone else, it made no sense, but you could have knocked me over with a feather when I put 2 and 2 together (there is a joke there, but none of this is funny, so I will refrain.) Then I got angry, as I do know what good people we DO still have working at the FD, and they have been humiliated as a group, a work unit and I'm sure as friends by all of this. Called collateral damage and neither predator gave a crap about that.

We share more feelings alike on this than not. I just don't want anyone even remotely pointing a finger at a victim, ever, and saying, well you must have done something to encourage this behavior, or it wouldn't have happened. If it wasn't this victim, there would have been another and then another.

I, personally, feel a dialogue, any dialogue helps bring it in the open to expose it. I also realize others here don't feel that way. We are at the agree to disagree on that point, but I respect your opinion. Time will tell and we will all be listening and reading going forward, older and wiser to what we never thought could/would happen here.

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NUK_1: One more reason!

One more reason to dump this mayor.

Its time for executive leadership...PTC is a large organization and needs someone who understands how to oversee a large organization working with city manager to make sure departments are effectively running.

Too much politics and not enough leadership.

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Larry: Agreed

Dumping the present Mayor is a given. You have to get rid of the cancer first before anything else positive may happen. Things may still go very badly, but at least give yourself a fighting chance.

Sadly, the Mayor isn't the only problem in this mess, and healing isn't going to happen until we get a couple of more people that aren't all hat, no cattle setting the vision for PTC.

Considering all the acrimony and complete BS that started with and even before the Steve Brown reign of error, it's going to be difficult to find people willing to sacrifice so much that it affects their family, their reputations, and their livelihoods.

I'm sure pumpkin will come along and say something completely stupid any moment now so I'll make it easy:

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Dec EEOC filing

If I am not mistaken, in December when the case was filed with the EEOC, Ms. Piers attorney stated that the harassment started when the woman was hired in 2007 culminating with the incident in FL.

Harassment is wrong, and this woman endured 5 years of pathetic come ons from her supervisor. PTC is a small town and there are a lot of prying eyes.

It's hard to fathom that, if true, this went unnoticed or was not shared with others over this length of time.

Something ain't right.

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Something wasn't right may be right

after all, think back to who was managing the city 5 years ago and who was in charge of the FD 5 years ago. Ain't no rocket science to figure that out if I can do it.

Also, how badly did anyone want/need to hold on to their job, especially as a new hire starting in 2008? Don't forget the (negative)job market back then.

We agree, just think back a ways.

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PTC needs an investigation

This is troubling. Here is an article that has been up less than a day and there are already 18 posts. And, most importantly, very little information and very few questions answered by the two members of council who have posted.

I am very troubled by this. We have a city employee that a victim labelled a "predator". Council and the insurance company believed her--- they paid her $300,000. Sounds like it was almost rape. And we also know that there were other sexual victims and other sexual aggressors and that's just in the fire department. As a woman, this troubles me greatly. This is on top of all the other drinking at City Hall.

So we have one of two equally unacceptable scenarios: (1) our council knew (including two women) and did not care to do anything or (2) our council is so out of it that they have no idea what staff is doing or what staff is telling them.

I think we need an outside counsel report or a grand jury investigation. That's what they did when Mr. Lenox was accused of changing a contract after a vote. Here we are talking about a half a million dollars and real victims.

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Charter and City Policies

are under review. Several on council are making an effort to push this forward HOWEVER, charter changes require a 5-0 and local legislation to pass through the state house.

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George

Are you admitting Council was aware of these allegations, and the employee was within his rights to harass and resign?

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Haddix: Policies

The desire and effort to update a number of policies predate these allegations. Simply put, a comprehensive rewrite is long overdue. The band-aids done over many Councils are not sufficient.

Employee policies are not part of the Charter. We can do that completely within Staff and Council.

This is always a difficult area. Many approaches have been experimented with in the past, including Hot Lines. There is no magic bullet to fix everything.

When Staff and/or Council become aware of issues like this, they are acted upon immediately. Those caught early on are dealt with swiftly and do not become larger problems.

Absolutely no employee has the right to harass. Resignation, firing, retirement benefits, etc are all matters governed by law.

As for the legal details of any particular case, our legal representatives release those details as appropriate. Neither Mayor or Council does so. We do not need misstatements that open the door to other legal actions.

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Well Mayor....

Since I proposed a rewrite of the Charter(including personnel policies) to you some three and one-half years ago, recent actions appear late.

Are you admitting that you were aware of the harassment complaint prior to the chief's resignation, or not? It's a simple question that a yes or no would suffice.

This answer has no relevance to the case itself, but only to your(or Council's) prior knowledge. We as the folks who elected you have a right to know.

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Haddix: Well Mike

You and I have talked and agreed a variety of changes were needed to the Charter. After 54 years it is a simple reality some things are out of date for how PTC is now compared to then. But it takes three to move them forward.

There have been changes to policy, from 2008 on. But they were band-aids. If your looking for an argument from me on a rewrite, your not going to get one. We agreed.

All on Council were made aware of this issue, at the same time, when it was filed.

I understand and can anticipate some other questions you might have. But, with the legal nature of those questions, please send them to info@peachtree-city.org.

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Thank You Mayor

For being forthright by admitting you and your Council was made aware of the complaint prior to the resignation. Now all that needs to be addressed is if and how long you sat on it while this guy remained in his job.

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Haddix: One More

As I said, for specifics, please email. As a general statement, neither Staff or Council sat on it. Things moved quickly but I will not get into the timeline of events.

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I should have been more clear, my apologies. We have been doing a charter review and a review of personnel policies. We would, of course, take in account everything that has happened in the last year, as well as the last 50 years. It is a modernization effort. Not a reaction to any one specific newspaper article. Since your post touched on these types of policies, my aim was to inform. Sorry for any confusion.

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OK, Mayor-George

Which one of you is being dishonest?

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Haddix: Dishonest

We have had no meetings and no discussion via email or any other mechanism. The Charter requires I be included.

In any case, since it cannot make this Legislative Session, even if submitted it would be subject to review by the next Council.

Larry.Sussberg
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Haddix- Its All Coming Home to Roost!

It's all coming home to roost!

Your lack of leadership, consistent mis-behavior and inability to get along with others has forced council and other agencies in and around Fayette to move on without you and clearly you are clueless that's happening to you!

Who haven't you picked a public fight with in Peachtree City? And now in Fayette?

What's frightening is your inability to see it, thinking you are always right and representing the citizens when all you have done is paralyzed the city in economic growth, brought bad press and dishonored the mayor's office.

Hence we forget the money you took from the citizens to cover your private lawsuit which was used to pay a settlement and your private lawyer.

Don Haddix
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Haddix: Charter Review?

We have had no meetings on a Charter review.

Larry.Sussberg
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Charter Review & Mayor

Guess what...they are doing it without you!

You are officially out of the loop. Council has been working on it.

Thanks for finally realizing the reality of things!

Hey, what took you so long today, you usually post pretty quick when George does....always trying to piss all over him to show you are Charles in Charge....sad!

If he runs for mayor, think of all that work to redo your website to add George Dienhart along with Ms. Fleisch to "rant" list.

Spyglass
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Typical

Comment from our Mayor.

I see no need for the other 4 to involve him in anything.

Just get it done forward without him. Lame Duck personified.

Mike King
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A Sorry State Indeed

This whole 'affair' stinks. I'm unconvinced that Council and the City Manager were unaware of the pending allegations, and their rationale for allowing him to simply resign and collect retirement from the city is at best dubious. Does the city get to reimburse itself for the deductible from Eiswerth?
On the other hand, if Council and the City Manager's hands were tied because of city employee rights as specified by our city charter, then this Council should take a hard look at those stipulations that allow such impropriety to take place.
Regardless, this whole thing stinks.

The Truth Will ...
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came forward to protect younger females - thank you!

This failure by the legal environment (and work environment) to expose and convict and failure to protect victims happens over and over every hour of every day all over the world! Victims fail to report, Why is that? Woman are told to defend themselves, woman are judged for what they said or didn't say, they are told they are lying, they are told they shouldn't have done this or that, they are questioned if they consumed alcohol and how they were dressed, etc. GO TO THE SOURCE - THE VIOLATORS! Provide mandatory training for these disturbed violators. Provide mandatory training for the "professionals" who serve and protect the community - who actually fail to protect in the majority of these cases. All predators shall receive substantial hours of training on proper conduct, anger management, self control; in regards to violating human beings. Law enforcement, legal counsel, courts, anyone notified of such crimes and fail to protect/prosecute shall also be held accountable. If attempts have been made to expose the injustice/crime through normal channels to no avail, then Victims shall proceed with confidence and provide evidence to a Grand Jury where justice must be served! You do not need ANYONE'S permission to provide evidence of a crime to a Grand Jury. I believe you will find The Grand Jury belongs to the people, NOT to the judiciary! If the system is broken (or deaf), then we must "man up" to repair it!!!
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Karma will prevail with any and all predators and "anyone" who was aware of this injustice and failed to protect!

"Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth and it happens every few minutes. The problem with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men not to rape. Go to the source and start there." - by Kurt Cobain (A musician who wanted to make a strong statement in support of women and against violence ...... he performed a few songs about rape.)

moelarrycurly
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Eddie doesn't like

to play by the rules.

Eddie wants to do what Eddie wants to do.

Gee, Eddie, how about you pack your bag and take a long vacation to a nice warm place, say Florida. Oh wait, been there, done that.

Eddie, why such a hurry to clear out your desk?

Two weeks, Eddie? Tsk, tsk, now that's gonna hurt ya, Eddie.

Dr. P, this is your baby, now. Put all those years to good use and make it stick.

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