Hutto: Texas Workforce Commission Office of Civil Rights and Discrimination clears Jones, city

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City of Hutto legal counsel Michael Shaunessy announced today that the Texas Workforce Commission Office of Civil Rights and Discrimination has cleared the city of Hutto and Hutto City Manager Odis Jones of allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment.

According to a city press release, the TWCCRD stated it was “unable to conclude that the information obtained establishes any violations of the statutes.”

“The City Council has always remained confident in the City Manager,” said Mayor Doug Gaul in the press release Thursday.

The investigation into Jones’ conduct began in March when three women who were fired by the city manager filed a discrimination charge with the TWC. According to their attorney at the time, the TWC was required to investigate the charges before a formal lawsuit could be filed.

The former employees included in the allegations are Wallis Meshier, who served as the city’s senior planner, Melanie Melancon, who served as the city’s assistant city manager, and Amy McGlothlin, who served as the city’s human resources director.

Millicent Lundburg, attorney for the former Hutto employees, has not yet responded to requests for comment.

Jones, who has began working for the city of Hutto as city manager since December 2016, maintains the employees lacked the skill set to move the city forward.

“With other daily announcements of businesses who are deciding to locate in our community, I am proud of my high-performing team and their work product,” Jones said in a statement Thursday.

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Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. He additionally worked with an investigative news organization where he reported on environmental topics and was a featured writer for Epicast Network, a Pittsburgh podcast company. Iain has now transitioned full-time into covering Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.
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