Officials: Hutto city manager cleared of harassment allegations


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Officials: The Texas Workforce Commission has cleared Hutto City Manager Odis Jones of harassment allegations.

The discrimination claims were made against Jones in March after he fired three female city employees.

The Hutto city manager and the city have been exonerated of allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment, the city’s lawyer, Michael Shaunessy, said in a statement Thursday.

The Texas Workforce Commission’s office of civil rights and discrimination has dismissed the allegations, Shaunessy said. The dismissal stated the agency “was unable to conclude that the information obtained establishes any violations of the statutes,” he said in the news release.

City Manager Odis Jones said in the release that “the most important thing is the truth prevailed and we can remain focused on growing and enhancing the local economy here in Hutto.”

Claims of discrimination were made against Jones in March after he fired three female city employees. He said at the time that they did not have the right skills for their jobs.

The attorney representing the three fired employees, Millicent Lundburg, said in March that the three women did have the right skills. One of the employees who was fired had made a complaint about harassment, Lundburg said.

Lundburg also said in March that the other two employees were fired after they told the mayor about a sexual harassment and discrimination complaint against Jones.

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Mayor Doug Gaul stated in the release issued Thursday that the city “has always remained confident in the city manager.”

“He is doing the job we hired him to do, and since his arrival economic development in Hutto has boomed with development taking place on all fronts,” Gaul said.

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