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Zero-tolerance for harassment at Kirksville City Hall

Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber said the city provides confidential options for accusers. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

2017 was a monumental year for sexual harassment and misconduct allegations both in and outside of the work place.

One place it will not be tolerated, Kirksville City Hall.

"Workplace is a place where you should be professional. That's plain and simple," said Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber.

Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber said the city provides confidential options for accusers.

"We address it through a number of our policies that we don't tolerate harassment of any kind," Macomber said.

Human Resources Manager Pat Meredith said those policies are stressed from the point of hire.

"I tell them when they are doing their orientation that if they are being harassed they need to report it to their supervisor or to me," Meredith said.

Meredith said once a complaint is made she must take action.

"They shouldn't be afraid because they should be able to come to work and do their job," Meredith said.

If there is something discovered, the goal for the city is to address it quickly.

"Whatever we can do to make the work environment safe and a place where they can do their job without distraction then that's our responsibility,” Meredith said.

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