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Divisions arise after allegations

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 9:57 am

A week after unanimously accepting Town Manager Quinn Robertson’s resignation, four of the seven Colonial Beach Town Council members voted to reinstate him during the October 6 meeting. He had submitted his resignation on September 30 due to allegations made by former employees.

Some council members questioned whether Town Manager Quinn Robertson showed prejudices in the workplace resulting in him being asked to step down from his position. These alleged occurrences of discrimination led to the resignation of former Zoning and Planning Administrator Kelly De Jesus, one of the claimed victims in the grievances.

During a phone interview, Vice Mayor Dallas Leamon said he voted against reinstating the town manager. “Because of the information that was put before me, I didn’t think it was a good idea to bring him back,” Leamon said. “That’s why we asked for his resignation.”

Leamon referred to an incident where Robertson allegedly “threatened physical harm against another council member over the phone.” The Vice Mayor said that former Town Attorney Andrea Erard “advised him of derogatory homosexual remarks that Robertson used directed towards [Leamon] and others.” Leamon is not the only town employee who expressed concern regarding the manner in which Robertson treats his coworkers.

A complaint made by De Jesus alleges that Robertson made sexist remarks towards her and treated her differently from her male coworkers. Deputy Town Manager and Public Works’ Director, Robert Murphy filed an official report supporting these claims by De Jesus.

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