A revealing and potentially embarassing personnel complaint against Clackamas County Chairman John Ludlow and Commissioner Tootie Smith has ended without discipline for either elected official, but documents air racially charged and sexually inappropriate language by Ludlow.
Anderson, 35, who began working for the county in January 2011, filed a six-page complaint April 22, alleging age discrimination and violation of privacy. He also alleged Ludlow violated his privacy by talking about his personal medical information in speeches and public meetings.
Clackamas County hired Dana Sullivan, a top Portland employment lawyer, to investigate Anderson's complaint.
On May 29, Clackamas County Department of Employment Services Director Nancy Drury wrote to Anderson, according to documents WW obtained under a public records request, and told him Sullivan's investigation had mostly cleared Smith and Ludlow.
"Briefly, Ms. Sullivan concluded that some inappropriate conduct occurred, including comments about protected classes of individuals, but did not find supporting evidence that unlawful discrimination or harassment occurred," Drury wrote.
Clackamas County denied WW's request for a copy of Sullivan's investigative report. In the wake of the county's response, however, Anderson left his position June 2.
Updated at 1:10 pm: Anderson received a $43,775 severance payment and agreed to release the county from all claims.
He did not respond to calls seeking comment, nor did Commissioner Smith.
Ludlow provided WW the following statement about Anderson's complaint: