Iowa City Manager Resigns, Takes Mt. Shasta Job in Midst of Controversy

Jul 24, 2013 1:48 PM

By Nick Dobis, News Web/Social Media Producer

Our NBC affiliate KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa has reported its city manager Paul Eckert has formally announced his resignation at 8 a.m. PST. Eckert is currently set to become the city manager of the City of Mount Shasta despite being in the midst of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve Sioux City. I feel especially privileged to have been a part of all that the community has accomplished,” Eckert stated in a formal press release. “I am appreciative of the supportive and productive relationships we have enjoyed with so many community members, our elected officials, our coworkers, and each of our grass roots groups, non-profits, businesses, and intergovernmental partners.”

According to KTIV’s report, Eckert “made the tearful announcement during his weekly press conference,” and “he says the move is needed to be closer to his family.”

KTIV’s report also indicated Eckert acknowledged a suit filed by Brittany Scott, who claimed the city manager created a "sexually hostile environment" while she served as administrative assistant, according to KITV's report.

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KTIV’s report also stated “in court documents, Scott claims, from 2000 to 2004, Eckert sent her sexually suggestive e-mails…she also claims Eckert would touch her arms, and rub her shoulders.”

His last day as city manager of Sioux City is August 16.

Ted Marconi, the current City Manager for the City of Mt. Shasta, confirmed Eckert was given the employment contract from the city Monday evening. Marconi stated he was part of the “mechanics” and general search of the hiring process, but stated he was not part of the selection committee which ultimately hired Eckert. Marconi stated he has not met Eckert personally or professionally, and would not comment directly on Eckert’s sexual harassment suit.

“I was not closely involved in the actual hiring process, but the council made the decision because they believe he is the right man for the job,” Marconi said.

Marconi indicated the biggest municipal challenge Eckert faces is dealing with making the necessary changes to the city’s waste water treatment facility and its discharge permit, which Marconi described as “expensive and extensive.”

Action News Now has reached out and is awaiting to hear back from the Mayor and Mt. Shata City Council members for comment on Eckert’s hiring.


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