BRIAN PERRY/‘Zero tolerance’ on abuse

In a special city council meeting called to address the allegations, the mayor did not attend and the city attorney’s office refused to answer questions posed by the city council unless the council entered into executive session. Under Mississippi’s public meetings law, public bodies may enter executive session to address personnel or litigation; but, there is no requirement that it must. The city attorney’s office appeared more interested in protecting the mayor than answering questions from the elected city council members on a lawsuit against the city in front of the city’s citizens.

That reaction contrasts with aggressive anti-harassment language by Governor Phil Bryant in the wake of two lawsuits involving divisions of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety: a lawsuit alleging sex discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation within the Bureau of Narcotics, and a lawsuit alleging sex discrimination and retaliation against the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. The former settled for $25,000 and MBN’s deputy director retired. The latter settled for $75,000 and the director resigned.

Madison County Journal