Hewitt council to discuss harassment suit, separation agreement for top official

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The Hewitt City Council was expected to consider taking action Monday night on a lawsuit settlement and separation agreement with Katie Allgood, the city’s director of administration, who alleges sexual harassment among city officials.

The council plans to meet in executive session to discuss that issue, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

In February, Allgood filed a lawsuit against the city alleging that she and other female employees regularly faced demeaning comments from city officials, including former mayor Ed Passalugo and council member Kurt Krakowian. The suit also alleges that Allgood’s qualifications and credentials were questioned by male city officials in public, but male city employees were not subjected to the practice.

Passalugo, who did not seek re-election in May, denied the allegations, the newspaper reported.

The suit is only the latest in a series of controversies among Hewitt city officials.

Adam Miles, who was in a relationship with Allgood, resigned as city manager in November 2018 and received an $88,000 settlement in the process. He also had filed complaints against Passalugo and Krakowian, the Tribune-Herald reported.

City Attorney Mike Dixon prepared a report in January in which he blamed much of the turmoil among city officials on Allgood and Miles, saying they had attempted to smear the names of some council members. 

The Tribune-Herald reported last week that 129 petitioners from the city asked the council to fire and replace Dixon. The council took no immediate action.

The newspaper reported that Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Fortenberry accused Passalugo of skirting state laws by discussing issues with council members outside of public meetings, an issue that a third-party law firm from Fort Worth was hired to investigate in May.

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