published Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Paul Page resigns from City of Chattanooga post amid harassment allegations

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    Paul Page, Chattanooga's director of general services

Paul Page, the city’s director of general services, resigned this morning.

City spokesman Richard Beeland said Mayor Ron Littlefield has “accepted this course of action.”

Littlefield has appointed Danny Thornton to acting head of the office until a replacement for Page can be found, Beeland said.

Though Page will receive no severance, he will keep his retirement benefits accrued during his time with the city.

Page has been under fire for several weeks after the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that he harassed an employee in October 2008 and the city subsequently retaliated against her. A second woman filed a sexual harassment complaint in November 2008. Page was disciplined with five unpaid days off.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

In his administrative position, Page made $98,462 a year, records show.

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Ansley Haman covers Hamilton County government. A native of Spring City, Tenn., she grew up reading the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, which sparked her passion for journalism. Ansley's happy to be home after a decade of adventures in more than 20 countries and 40 states. She gathered stories while living, working and studying in Swansea, Wales, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. Along the way, she interned for ...

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esaletnik said...

Isn't he the guy in "Office Space" who loved his red stapler.

October 4, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

No it's not although it is easy to see the resemblance between the two of them.

Page is not as handsome as Milton Waddams or as intelligent.

October 4, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
abcdefghi said...

Looking at that photo, I cant believe he had a hard time with the ladies.

October 4, 2011 at 1:25 p.m.

"And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire..."

October 4, 2011 at 3:16 p.m.
andystaab said...

Excellent humor! I especially like John_Proctor's and abcdefghi's.

October 4, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

It is going to cost us big bucks whether he resigns or not. The CITY harassed her for complaining! Why do we keep this mayor ???

October 4, 2011 at 4:20 p.m.
andystaab said...

Wow, is it true the city harassed her for reporting harassment? I'm not sure which is worse, the original harassment or the follow-on. Isn't there accountability all the way up and down? I'm afraid I can guess the answer to that question. Believe it or not, I've been sexually harassed at a job I really, really needed (like all jobs I guess), and it isn't fun. You're forced to decide between doing the right thing or putting food on the table. It's a terrible position to be in. I feel sorry for the victim in this.

October 4, 2011 at 6:08 p.m.
orangenblack said...

Though Page will receive no severance, he will keep his retirement benefits accrued during his time with the city.

Does he qualify for a retirement after 6 years?

Dang your poor cops and fireman have to WORK for 25 years to receive a retirement.

October 4, 2011 at 7:01 p.m.
midnitewatchman said...

What concerns me is the EEOC findings the women were harassed and retaliated against. Statements are being made on the media that Page can resign to pursue litigation against these women? Is that not more retaliation, to file countersuits instead of just preparing to defend against the current suit and findings of EEOC? What I am reading between the lines is he will quit, but he is going after these women again with threats of sueing them (more retaliation,intimidation)!

October 4, 2011 at 7:23 p.m.
NoMyth said...

After all of the articles on this guy, I still have not read an explanation of what his job duties actually required. For what service exactly, did the taxpayers give him 100k each year? Why is someone replacing him instead of eliminating the job? People with real jobs that are accountable for delivering real work products do not have time to harass other employees, let alone get sued. I wish the TFP would please step up the investigative reporting instead of moving on to the next city government scandal without any root cause analysis. Lastly, who supports Littlefield? Who are his financial backers? I don't see much positive movement coming from this mayor's office.

October 4, 2011 at 8:32 p.m.
MasterChefLen said...

How Mayor Ron Littlefield (Paul Page's boss) can keep his job after Paul Page's repeated misconduct is shame. The mayor and the city council seem to be silent regarding this matter.

October 4, 2011 at 10:15 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

payingattention.... is something personal between you and this great City? If Chatt. Is so bad for you maybe you should move away.

October 4, 2011 at 10:46 p.m.
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