Silsbee Economic Development Corporation Director Kim Garrett filed a complaint against the City of Silsbee through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Garrett filed on charges of discrimination citing harrassment due to circumstances of alleged race and sex discrimination, according to a report from the EEOC.
The report says the accusations of the charge came on or about Sept. 9.
According to City Manager Tommy Bartosh, the charge from EEOC only requires the city’s acknowledgement but it can’t be done at this time because of the federal shutdown.
On Sept. 16, Silsbee city council approved of an EDC budget but not before three councilman voted against it.
During the meeting, councilpersons asked if Garrett was an employee of the City of Silsbee at which City Attorney Harry Wright said she was not.
“In EDC, she is appointed by a board of directors, with the approval of this council,” Wright said at the Sept. 16 meeting. “Somehow, you all have figured out how to reimburse her with employee benefits, which is fine. But she is not an employee of the city. She is responsible to her board of directors.”
Garrett was appointed by the EDC board in 2009.
According to the Silsbee EDC website, the mission of the EDC is to support economic and community development projects that will improve the business climate, strengthen the economy, create jobs, and enhance the quality of life in the city.
Garrett had no comment when asked about the complaint charge to the city. Wright was unavailable for comment.
A meeting with the EDC board was scheduled for Tuesday night.