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Member in Delaware council feud cleared of harassment

September 26, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware county councilman has been cleared of wrongdoing in the investigation of a harassment complaint brought by the council president, who herself has been accused of harassment.

WDEL-FM reports an independent investigator on Tuesday recommended New Castle County Council President Karen Hartley-Nagle apologize to Councilman George Smiley. Beginning in May, the investigation was triggered by an incident in the council clerk’s office.

Hartley-Nagle had accused Smiley of “harassment, bullying, menacing and obsessive behavior.”

In January, the council voted 10-3 in favor of a resolution calling for Hartley-Nagle’s resignation, following her rejection of behavior coaching in the aftermath of a workplace harassment complaint by a former aide. Smiley said then that the vote was symbolic.

Hartley-Nagle declined to say if she would pursue the complaint with the Attorney General’s office.

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Information from: WDEL-FM, http://www.wdel.com/

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