ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC) – An Anne Arundel County worker was allegedly fired because she complained about unwelcome advances from County Executive John Leopold.
At least, according to the Baltimore Sun, that’s what some in the county police department have said in sworn depositions filed as part of a harassment lawsuit on Thursday.
According to the report, Karla Hamner was hired as public information officer for Anne Arundel County but was let go a little more than a year later in 2008. Then, in 2010, she sued the county alleging she was fired by Leopold after complaining that he made unwelcome sexual advances and screamed at her because he disliked her hairstyle.
The Baltimore Sun reports that depositions given under oath by police officers in the Anne Arundel County Police Department said Leopold personally ordered the firing of a county employee who had complained about his conduct.
Corporal Joseph Pazulski said of Leopold in his deposition, “[He] said that he can’t have anybody like that in county government,” according to the report.
Hamner was transferred to the police department where she was not guaranteed a permanent job. “He wants me to take Karla Hamner over here to the police department and get rid of her,” Major Edward Bergin said in his deposition. “
A little than a week prior to the depositions, a state criminal case that accuses Leopold of misconduct in office was postponed. The case also alleges he used his police detail for political and personal purposes.
Another officer said that he witnessed Teare receiving a call from Leopold about Hamner.
Multiple officers who gave depositions in Hamner’s civil suit had also testified before the grand jury that indicted Leopold on four counts of misconduct and one count of malfeasance in office.
Leopold has denied wrongdoing in both cases.