City employee accuses Mayor Summey of abuse of power, ‘hostile work environment’

Published: Jun. 5, 2022 at 8:13 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 5, 2022 at 8:51 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - An employee for the City of North Charleston is accusing Mayor Keith Summey of a “long-standing culture of abuse of power.”

According to documents obtained by Live 5, Delisa Reynolds filed a complaint with the city’s Director of Human Resources in February 2022, and reported the city’s “hostile work environment” based on her adult son’s political opinions, and her age.

In a press release sent by Reynolds attorneys to Live 5, they say “Ms. Reynolds believes Mayor Summey, his Family, and certain City of North Charleston employees have ‘abused the power’ of their positions for personal revenge against Ms. Reynolds.”

After filing the complaint in February, Ms. Reynolds did not believe the City of North Charleston was taking her complaint seriously, so she decided to get the press involved.

The press release also states that “if the City of North Charleston fails to perform a proper investigation, submit a conclusion, and/or propose remedial measures, Ms. Reynolds will be forced to litigate.”

Reynolds is listed as the Archives And History Coordinator and has been employed by the City of North Charleston since 2001.

The following is the City of North Charleston’s response to the accusations:

“The City takes seriously all employee concerns, including those of Ms. Reynolds. On January 14, 2022, Ms. Reynolds was notified of a lateral move to Archives and History Coordinator. This transfer did not negatively affect Ms. Reynolds’ pay or benefits with the city. Ms. Reynolds’ complaint was received shortly thereafter. Mayor Summey and the City deny the allegations raised by Ms. Reynolds’ lawyer and will not comment further on threatened or pending litigation.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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