Fillmore Mayor Gary Creagle has announced he will not run for reelection to the City Council in November, citing pressures stemming from recent claims of sexual harassment filed against the new city manager.
"There is a sad lacking of teamwork on the City Council," he said this week. "I don't think council members have to agree with each other all of the time, but they should not work against each other. They should not have hidden agendas."
Creagle referred to his dispute with Councilman Roger Campbell, who was aware of the harassment complaints but did not disclose them to other council members before interim manager Stan Greene was hired as manager last month.
City Clerk Noreen Withers, accounting clerk Barbara Adams and planning secretary Linda Nash each have filed $500,000 claims against the city of Fillmore and Greene. All three claim Greene had been "inappropriately touching" them, both during his stint as interim manager and after his permanent appointment. A hearing before an administrative-law judge has been set for Aug. 30.