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Sedgwick Investigating Harassment Claim

Posted 5/25/2017

By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – The Sedgwick City Council will conduct an investigation into allegations of harassment and discrimination made by Amanda Alexander on behalf of her husband, police chief Larry Alexander.

Amanda Alexander made the allegations during the last city council meeting.

Council President Thom Noone said, “The Council is in charge of the investigation. This is a personnel issue so we really can’t discuss it at this time.”

Amanda Alexander listed several grievances against Mayor Lynne Vigil at the council meeting on Monday, May 15. She told the council of incidents between the mayor and Chief Alexander, that occurred at a special council workshop on Wednesday, May 10.

Amanda Alexander said that Vigil blocked a doorway and verbally taunted the police chief.

Alexander also stated that she was publicly humiliated by Vigil at a local restaurant the next evening, Thursday, May 11.

She asked the council to take some action. “I know you have the power to take a vote of no confidence. I know that it does not remove her from office and that she must knowingly resign her post. She is misrepresenting this body and this community,” Alexander said at the meeting.

Vigil has said it is a personnel matter and it is being looked into. “I have an extensive professional and educational background, and those who know me will know that the allegations are not an accurate account of any of the situations described by Mrs. Alexander,” said Vigil in a statement released to The Independent.

Council member Kirby Stucky said he had been in the city offices when Vigil and  Chief Alexander spoke to each other in raised voices. “Everybody does (raise their voice) every once in a while,” Stucky said.

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