ABSTRACT: The Monterey County Herald today published a Guest Commentary by Carmel Residents Association Board of Directors Secretary Carolyn Hardy and recently retired News Editor Linda Anderson; the Guest Commentary is entitled “Guillen is Carmel liability.” HIGHLIGHTS from the Commentary are presented; a link to “Sexual harassment documents reveal poor handling of case by city,” CARMEL RESIDENTS ASSOCIATON NEWS OCTOBER 2010, is provided. In their Guest Commentary, Hardy and Anderson conclude “Guillen has damaged Carmel's finances, reputation and employee morale. Despite all this and exposure to future liability, he still remains on the job at Carmel City Hall.”
Guillen is Carmel liability
By CAROLYN HARDY and LINDA ANDERSON
"More than two years after Jane Miller's initial complaint of retaliation, discrimination and harassment by City Administrator Rich Guillen, the Carmel City Council hasn't corrected problems that created Carmel's scandal. After three recent closed-session meetings, the council majority appears unwilling to take the essential next step of terminating Guillen's employment."
"Disregarding Miller's complaints and ignoring the ongoing misconduct investigation, council members not only failed to put Guillen on administrative leave, but awarded him a substantial retroactive pay raise in October 2008."
"Shortcomings in the investigation were revealed during Kramer's deposition as part of Miller's lawsuit: She never saw e-mails from Guillen to Miller and interviewed one former employee, but talked to none of the four employees who had been forced from their jobs."
"It is clear Guillen misled the city's investigator, and in turn, the City Council."
"For years Guillen has operated with impunity at City Hall."
"Carmel incurred $226,447 in defense costs."
"Guillen has damaged Carmel's finances, reputation and employee morale. Despite all this and exposure to future liability, he still remains on the job at Carmel City Hall."
Sexual harassment documents reveal poor handling of case by city
CARMEL RESIDENTS ASSOCIATON NEWS OCTOBER 2010