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Secretary: Carol Lawlor 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 she made while Lawlor was Murley's subordinate.

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 playing 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 at least 53 times while on the clock, according to information provided by the Albany County district attorney's office.

Grimm is alleging town officials, including Supervisor Ken Runion, Lawlor and Lt. 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 said he was unaware of Murley's activities, but he 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. When you pull away his hair plugs and take away his makeup, all you have is the air between his ears."

Runion added that much of the information regarding Murley's gambling did not come up until after investigations into sexual harassment claims began.

Grimm said the court deposition of Dygert, taken Sept. 28, 2007, brings into question how current police chief Carol Lawlor and now Capt. Curtis Cox handled claims from Dygert.

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