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Tennessee police chief suspended after employee hostile workplace complaints

Newbern Police Chief Doug Robertson was suspended on June 9, 2015 for two weeks after five hostile work environment complaints were filed against him by police department employees.

Robertson had been placed on a two-week paid suspension once before in April 2015 after two initial hostile workplace complaints were made against the police chief.

In a letter sent to Robertson,  Newbern Mayor Olen Parker told Robertson that they “discussed that the new complaints of workplace harassment are similar to those that have been previously filed against you, and relate primarily to your communication skills and working relationships with subordinate employees under your command.”

Mayor Parker also said, “Unfortunately, the City of Newbern is now faced with a growing number of employee complaints alleging disrespectful and hostile conduct on your part during the course and scope of your employment duties.”

Mayor Parker will conduct a pre-termination hearing with Robertson on June 19, 2015 in order to decide about Robertson’s “continued employment with the City.”

Tennessee police chief suspended after employee hostile workplace complaints
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