Former Woodway official censured over sexual harassment allegations

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The former city manager of Woodway, a town southwest of Waco, was public censured by the International City/County Management Association in June following allegations of sexual harassment, KCEN reported.

The ICMA determined that Yousry “Yost” Zakhary, who also served as public safety manager for the town, “created an environment in which his employees were offended by his language and conduct” despite warnings that his behavior toward women was inappropriate, the TV station reported.

City employee Sandra Bickel filed a lawsuit against Zakhary in March 2018, accusing him of sexual harassment, assault and infliction of emotional distress. That suit claims the city should be held liable for Zakhary’s conduct, and the ICMA censure said his behavior put the city at risk for legal liability.

Zakhary resigned as public safety director in March 2018 and as city manager the following month. 

Several other women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment after Bickel made her accusation public.

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