LRC Director Bobby Sherman resigns

09/20/2013 03:16 PM

UPDATED: Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman is resigning his position at the commission after 14-years as its leader.

Sherman, who has been a part of the LRC since 1978, says he has been contemplating a decision to retire for some time, but wanted to “follow through with support of a staff investigation of work-related staff complaints filed earlier this year by two partisan staff employees.”

In the letter, Sherman says the LRC recently concluded the investigation into the allegations, and that the complaints were addressed “promptly, fully examined, and protective measures implemented.”

“The goal was to fully protect two of our fine staff from improper conduct and retaliation of any sort. I believe that goal was achieved,” Sherman wrote in the resignation letter. “Now that this phase of the examination is concluded, I believe that a logical time for my departure has arrived.”

Click the link to download the resignation letter: Sherman Resignation letter.pdf

Questions about Sherman’s handling of the sexual harassment allegations against Representative John Arnold began during the special session of the General Assembly. Some members of the legislature started calling for Sherman’s resignation after the allegations became public.

House Speaker Greg Stubo, D-Prestonsburg, sent out a short statement on Sherman’s departure Friday.

“We thank Bobby for his many years of service, both as a staff person and as the director,” Stumbo said.

A spokeswoman for Sen. President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said that Stivers talked to Sherman by phone Friday and was informed of his departure.

Nick Storm

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