Mr. Wright was charged with sexual harassment in April of 2006 by Sandy Dempsey. That complaint was investigated by Mt. Juliet police detective Michael Mullins and deemed unfounded (after the investigative report was reviewed by the HR Director, the City Attorney, and the City Manager). When Ms. Dempsey filed a lawsuit against the city in August of 2006, an attorney assigned by the city’s insurance company conducted another investigation, which also cleared Mr. Wright of the charge of sexual harassment.
Now, two attorneys have spent 160 hours interviewing 35 witnesses and, once again, Mr. Wright has been exonerated of the charge of sexual harassment. You can read the complaint and the investigator’s report here.
Mayor Linda Elam all but pronounced Mr. Wright guilty in her inflammatory comments at the end of the televised city commission meeting on April 9, 2007.
Mayor Linda Elam owes Mr. Wright a public apology.
Hatton Wright should be reinstated as Public Works Director.