St. Clair County Clerk Bob Delaney Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Claim
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KMOX) — Another resignation in St. Clair County Government.
After 34 years in public service, St. Clair County clerk Bob Delaney submitted his resignation Tuesday evening. A former employee, who also works part-time as a police officer, accused Delaney of discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Laura Romero’s attorney says she was fired in the spring, in part after she made negative comments about a radio personality.
Delaney has denied the allegations. But he said he doesn’t “want to put his family through this.” He turned in his resignation to St. Clair County board chairman Mark Kern.
After Romero complained, her attorney Tom Kennedy says the county hired an independent investigator, a former state’s attorney to investigate Delaney’s office.
“It was the most comprehensive investigation I’ve ever seen,” said Kennedy, adding, “I’ve never seen a county government take a complaint so seriously. They did a bang-up job.” However, Kennedy says the investigation found other complaints about Delaney that his client had no idea about.
“There are absolutely more victims,” Kennedy tells KMOX News. “I know of 8 to 10 more.” Kennedy believes several paragraphs in the report that his office did not receive contain allegations of sexual abuse.
“This report is really graphic and the worst I’ve ever seen in county government. It appears this stuff has been going on for years. I can’t imagine that this information wasn’t known throughout the county or throughout the courthouse. But I don’t know for sure.”
Kennedy says Delaney’s denial and description of the allegations as bogus are “just baloney.” He says his client does not want to talk to the media but everything he is saying she has approved. There are settlement talks underway that could include back pay and damages. Kennedy hopes the settlement will lead to another job somewhere within St. Clair County Government for his client.
Meantime, the St. Clair County Board will meet Monday night to vote on a replacement for Delaney. County Board Chair Mark Kern says he’s nominated former State Representative Tom Holbrook to replace Delaney. Kern says an election for the position will then take place in November 2014. Kern did not want to comment on Delaney or the allegations against him saying he prefers to allow the legal process to unfold.