PROVO — A Utah advocacy group on Tuesday renewed its call for embattled Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves’ resignation — but he left the room before they could speak.

Graves was present throughout the commission’s three-hour meeting, but he stepped out a back room right before the public comment period when Katie Matheson, spokeswoman for Alliance for a Better Utah, read excerpts from the complaint that ignited the scandal that has surrounded Graves since late last year.

As the group continued its press for Graves to step down, Matheson read an allegation from an employee claiming that Graves, while sitting next to her in a golf cart in 2017, “rubbed my leg just above the knee and laughed and said, ‘Don’t show it if you don’t want it touched.'”

Matheson also read from an investigator’s report in December detailing findings that while the investigator was unable to identify any witnesses to corroborate allegations of sexual harassment, he did conclude based on interviews with 14 other employees that Graves is “widely viewed as a ‘workplace bully,’ ‘dishonest,’ ‘demeaning,’ ‘intimidating,’ ‘threatening,’ explosive’ and someone with whom personal interaction is to be avoided as much as possible.”

“We would just like to remind this body that harassment, assault and retaliation are not appropriate in any circumstance and perpetrators of such actions must be held accountable,” Matheson said.

“As our nation continues to move forward in breaking the silence on instances of sexual misconduct, we must all commit to creating a better society,” she continued. “Commissioner Graves’ abuse of his position of power is unbefitting of a publicly elected official.”

“I see he has stepped out, but Commissioner Graves, we call on you — wherever you are — to immediately resign from office,” Matheson said.

Graves did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday. Ever since insisting in December that the investigative report would clear him of wrongdoing “100 percent,” Graves has not returned multiple requests for comment.

He also stopped physically attending public meetings for about a month and a half, before he quietly reappeared at a commission meeting Jan. 16. But since then, while he has been attending weekly commission meetings, Graves hasn’t been attending most other board meetings and other departmental meetings, the Daily Herald reported earlier this month.

Since that March 1 news story, Graves’ attendance has slowly begun to increase, said his fellow Commissioners Bill Lee and Nathan Ivie on Tuesday. But before then, Graves …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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Utah County commissioner slips out back as group calls for resignation

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