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Deposition: Current police chief didn't act on harassment claim

A deposition from ex-Guilderland Police Chief James Murley's secretary Linda Dygert alleges current police Chief Carol Lawlor did not act on sexual harassment claims Dygert made while Lawlor was Murley's subordinate.

Lt. Cox was definitely aware of this situation because I had spoken with him about this. I also definitely spoke with Carol Lawlor about this but she was no help in stopping the constant sexual harassment, Dygert wrote in the deposition dated Sept. 28, 2007.

Republican Councilman Mark Grimm said he is calling for an open hearing on the matter, and now that Murley's case is closed " one that led to him to paying more than $14,000 in restitution for gambling on town time " the public deserves to know the details leading up to his resignation.

"Everybody in town should know about it," Grimm said. "Where was the oversight? I think we need, at the very least, a full hearing."

Murley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor official misconduct on Friday, Jan. 9, for visiting an Upstate casino while on the clock at least 53 times, according to information provided by the Albany County district attorney's office.

Grimm is alleging town officials, including Supervisor Ken Runion, Lawlor and now Capt. Curtis Cox, who worked directly under Murley, knew about Murley's gambling habit and of claims he sexually harassed his secretary, and yet they did not take action.

Grimm said his next move will be to find out how to go about getting a hearing on the matter.

Runion, though, said he was unaware of Murley's activities and would not change his actions leading up to Murley's plea agreement. He also said Grimm is too eager to act without knowing all the facts.

"Mr. Grimm didn't even live in the town during the events," Runion said. "Mr. Grimm likes to act on rumors and innuendo."

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