Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis has apologized to two city employees for spraying an aerosol can near the two, the city said in a statement released May 13. City Attorney Tom Kurrie investigated the incident and concluded “there was no intentional conduct that rose to the level of harassment of any type.”
A city spokeswoman had said earlier in the day that a claim of sexual harassment was being investigated, but in the city’s formal statement, Kurrie said no such claim had been filed against Davis.
Here is the city’s statement:
At the direction of the city manager, the city attorney on March 17, 2015, commenced the investigation of an incident where an aerosol can was sprayed in the vicinity of two city employees by the mayor. After interviewing the two employees, the mayor, the city manager and the human resources director, Mr. Tom Kurrie has concluded that there was no intentional conduct that rose to the level of harassment of any type.
Neither of the employees involved claimed or inferred that this incident involving the mayor was sexual or harassing in nature.
Mayor J. Max Davis said, “I have spoken with both employees present and they have accepted the sincere apology that I offered. The action was innocent and was not intended to bring discomfort.”
Mr. Kurrie also said that “There is not presently nor was there any investigation of sexual harassment being conducted by the City of Brookhaven. Furthermore, there has been no claim or complaint filed by anyone, employee or otherwise, alleging sexual harassment by the Mayor.”