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UPDATED: Page resigns city post amid harassment allegations

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)– Embattled Chattanooga General Services director, Paul Page, has resigned.

In a brief statement, city spokesman Richard Beeland says "Paul Page has informed the City of Chattanooga Personnel Department of his intent to retire effective immediately."

Page was appointed by Mayor Ron Littlefield in 2005 as the city's director of asset management.

Page will not receive a severance, but will collect retirement for tenure with the city. His current salary, according to Beeland, is 98,462.25.

Page has been accused of sexual harassment by two city employees, one in October 2008 and another one month later.

In December of 2008, Page was suspended and ordered to take a sensitivity course.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission agreed with the women saying, "There's enough evidence of inappropriate comments."

Page wasn't in his office Monday. Channel 3 was told he is on vacation.

Councilman Manny Rico says this matter should have been handled years ago.

"I think it has gone on too long," Rico says. "It makes the city look bad and the council look bad."

He also faced backlash from police officers for putting them in Ford Focus model cars instead of a larger vehicle.

At the time, Page told Channel 3 the purchases saved the city money.

Page has held nearly 10 different government positions since the 1970's and has been fired from a number of those as well.

Page was fired from the city of Nashville in the 1980s. He was also fired from the cities of Soddy-Daisy and Fort Oglethorpe.

Our partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press report Mayor Littlefield has appointed Danny Thornton to acting head of the office while a permanent replacement is found.

 

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