Two elected officials here in NKY, both defeated in November elections, made eBossWatch's list of America's Worst Bosses.
Park Hills Mayor Don Catchen and Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples – neither of whom was re-elected – deny the allegations that put them among the top 100 worst bosses.
“You can make accusations about anybody,” Catchen said Wednesday. “None of it was substantiated. I left our city in a much better position than it’s ever been.”
The Enquirer reported in August that Park Hills settled two lawsuits involving an allegation that Catchen fired the city's former female police chief, Amy Schworer, because of her gender. During depositions in the case, Catchen was also accused of making racist remarks toward black residents in Park Hills, statements Catchen vehemently denies.
Catchen was defeated in the Nov. 4 general election by write-in candidate Matthew Mattone.
A lawsuit filed in July by one current and two former jail employees accuse Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples of sexual harassment and sexual assault. It also alleged Peeples threatened the employees from going to authorities and coerced them into lying under oath.
“There’s been a bevy of lawsuits,” Peeples’ attorney, Jeff Mando, said Wednesday. “There has been no court that has found that Terry Peeples has discriminated against any of his employees. It is all bogus, and we’re going to fight it tooth and nail in court.”
Chris Hankins defeated Peeples in the Nov. 4 election for Grant County jailer.
I'm glad these two lumps of coal are gone for the New Year, frankly. Want to see which bosses made the list where you live? Check it out here.
Back home in NC, I see Iredell County Sheriff Phil Redmond and his sexual assault lawsuit landed him at number 6 for preying on domestic violence victims.
Way to protect and serve, Phil!
A Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night.