Workplace Complaints Before WA Parks Director Resignation | National government and new policies
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – The Washington state park manager resigned earlier this month after at least a dozen agency employees complained about his conduct in the workplace , for example by using bad language and putting others down.
And the Seattle Times reports an anonymous complaint suggested that former manager Peter Mayer pressured staff to award a contract to someone he knew, according to documents obtained by the newspaper.
The documents shed new light on Mayer’s resignation, which the parks department announced late on October 6. With his full annual salary of $ 165,840 until the end of the year.
Mayer was appointed in March.
In an email provided by a spokesperson, Mayer apologized for any offensive language. But, he said, “I categorically deny making any derogatory or hostile statements, innuendo about loyalty or marginalized comments about others.”
In response to the contract award complaint, which has since been canceled, Mayer wrote that although he was “familiar with a particular consultant who was prequalified to engage in the work,” “the procurement of All consultants were obtained in accordance with agency and state rules and policies.