Sullivan County

Bluff City mayor's complaint gets dismissed by Tennessee Human Rights Commission

Discrimination complaint dismissed

BLUFF CITY, Tenn. - The Tennessee Human Rights commission has dismissed a complaint made by Bluff City mayor Irene Wells.

Wells claims she was not being treated fairly.

City manager Judy Dulaney told us she was upset that her name was listed on the complaint, but she is just glad it is over. "I'm relieved that the complaint with the Tennessee Human Rights has been dismissed based on their investigations," she said.

Dulaney says she was not worried. "I knew what the outcome was going to be because there was no reason for the complaint," said Dulaney.

We learned Wells claimed she was being harassed and pushed out of the office, with her office being turned into a storage closet and being kept from records that she requested.

Dulaney says that was not the case. "The mayor has an office anytime she wants to use it; she is given any records that she requests," she said.

Dulaney took our crew into the mayor's office and showed us the records the mayor had requested.

Bluff City Attorney Paul Frye said he announced the decision of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission on Thursday, dismissing the complaint. The document stated there was "no reasonable cause to believe that the respondent has engaged in a discriminatory practice."

We were unable to reach the mayor for a comment and our calls were not returned.

Dulaney says she has not seen Mayor Wells at the Office since before the complaint was dismissed.

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