2018-03-14 / Front Page

City adopting sexual harassment policy

The council approved a resolution presented by city attorney Tommy Colman adopting a sexual harassment policy at their March 6 Blakely City Council meeting.

Noting the “present climate” of sexual harassment allegations, Coleman stated in a cover letter, “we thought it might be wise to review the City’s personnel policies and make sure the City had a strong prohibition on sexual harassment and provided employees who believe they may have experienced sexual harassment with an opportunity to let those concerns be known.”

Stating, “It is the policy of the City of Blakely to ensure that the workplace is free of any form of sexual harassment. The proposed policy further states, “Engaging in any sexual harassment will be considered just cause for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.”

The policy states the City’s expectation that “all employees and council members conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times...”

It further establishes the right and procedures for reporting sexual harassment, investigation of allegations and disciplinary actions.

The council also approved revisions to the city’s conflict of interest policy which states that “none of its employees or officers shall engage in any activities that place them in a conflict of interest between their official activities and any other interest of obligation.”

It further states, “Conflicts of interest require employees and officers to disqualify themselves from participating in a decision when a financial or personal interest is present.”

The policy spells out prohibitions of activities which create conflicts of interest and discusses requirements in the event of relationships between supervisors and subordinates.

The council approved a resolution to participate in MGAG’s “Main Street Program” which provides interest free loans of gas appliances by citizens.

In other action the council approved the purchase of a Rhino mower from Sun South at a cost of $18,750 and a request from Public Safety for approval to sell two vehicles to the Donalsonville police department for $18,000.

The city voted at a special meeting Feb. 13 to participate with other Georgia municipalities in litigation against manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs by entering into a Legal Service Agreement to retain Friedman, Dazzio and Stone Law Group.

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