Former Mesa County Administrator sexual harassment allegations


MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Mesa County has hired an outside investigator over allegations of possible sexual harassment by the former county administrator, Frank Whidden.

According to the Daily Sentinel, a longtime former county employee resigned from her position in 2015 due to Whidden allegedly making unwanted sexual advances. This woman was interviewed in July by an attorney in Glenwood Springs after a separate complaint was filed against Whidden by a different county employee.

During her interview, the woman says Whidden made inappropriate comments and unwanted sexual advances while the two were discussing county business at a local bar.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese says she plans to discuss the matter with her fellow commissioners.

The Mesa County Attorney’s office says, “no settlement agreement or other documents exist” when it comes to any Whidden investigation.

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