DPS Chief resigns amid allegations of inapproriate behavior
From the Houston Chronicle:
AUSTIN — The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety is resigning amid allegations that he touched women at the agency in an unprofessional way, “demonstratively” blew kisses to one and called a veteran employee “his girl.”
Col. Stanley Clark’s resignation is effective May 31, but he will no longer be performing any duties at DPS, according to a spokeswoman.
Clark, 60, has led the agency since becoming interim director in September. He succeeded Col. Tommy Davis, who retired in the wake of a fire that severely damaged the Governor’s Mansion on DPS’ watch.
“This is an elite law enforcement agency. We expect all our employees to demonstrate the highest degree of professionalism,” Allan Polunsky, chairman of the Texas Public Safety Commission, said in a statement. “The director must set the example for all employees in their workplace communications.
“Col. Clark has acknowledged his failure to adhere to those high standards and has chosen to retire at the end of this month,” Polunsky said. “We are disappointed by this matter, and we are committed to moving on in our search for a director.”
DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said Clark told her he would have no comment.
Clark’s retirement was announced in a news release. The agency then provided a copy of the April 29 memo that led to it.
The memo was written by a woman identified by DPS as a manager in the agency. Her name was redacted. The memo was written to Lamar Beckworth, the agency’s assistant director.
The manager said Clark had introduced her as “his girl,” “the only old one left,” “the old guard” and “other derogatory terms.” She said he had made inappropriate comments to her “and what I consider inappropriate acts (rubbing my ear, touching my waist, etc).”
She said she had 32 years of service with the agency and added, “Although I may be the only one not selected as part of Clark’s team and not given the opportunity to be part of the team, my dedication and work ethic is beyond reproach and should be valued as such.”
The manager also said others had told her about their experiences concerning Clark. The manager said a staff member told her that Clark was standing in the DPS lobby when he saw her walk across the parking lot and “began to very demonstratively blow kisses to her.” The other staffer expressed discomfort with this.
The manager said another woman told her that she believed that Clark “was unprofessional in the way he hugged, touched and kissed people.”
“I then asked what was she saying, and she advised that it was not right for him to hug and kiss people on the cheeks, especially when they were in uniform. As I was quite surprised and a little uncertain, I asked, ‘Who did he do this to?’ ” the manager wrote in the memo. She said the woman replied, “Me.”
I dunno why I'm surprised...
If I can't get away with this kind of behavior...Why should he?!?! *grins*