Mount Shasta's new city manager involved in ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit

POSTED: 2:08 PM Jul 24 2013   UPDATED: 5:06 PM Jul 24 2013
MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. -

The man slated to be the new city manager for the City of Mount Shasta has a pending sexual harassment lawsuit from when he was a city manager in Sioux City, Iowa.

Sioux City's city manager, Paul Eckert, tendered his resignation to the city's mayor, Bob Scott, two weeks after a woman filed a retaliation lawsuit citing sexual harassment against Eckert.

The lawsuit is also filed against Sioux City by a current Sioux City employee on July 9. In complaint over 80-pages long, Brittany Scott, who currently works for Sioux City Field Services, said she was demoted and transferred out of City Hall after she reported being sexually harassed by Eckert.

That lawsuit remains in effect despite Eckert's departure. Mayor Scott said Eckert's last day will be August 16.

"You know, I think he's decided that he's done all he can here and wants another opportunity," said Mayor Bob Scott regarding Eckert's move to Mount Shasta.

Mount Shasta City Hall confirmed that Eckert would indeed by the new city manager, taking over for their current city manager, Ted Marconi, who is retiring.

They mentioned in a press release that Eckert is a veteran manager with 28 years of experience who has served in Sioux City as well as having worked in city government in different parts of California.

Mount Shasta Mayor Tom Moore said, “Paul Eckert has a broad background in city management, including work in the areas of economic development, finance, human resources, infrastructure, commercial and industrial development, public safety, and neighborhood redevelopment, to name a few.”

Moore also added, "We couldn’t be more happy that Mt. Shasta’s goals, needs and priorities, and those of Paul Eckert and his family, have converged at this place and time to make this transition possible."