WENTZVILLE, Mo. - Wentzville's first female chief of police claims she's been sexually harassed and discriminated against.
Chief Lisa Harrison is suing the City of Wentzville, the mayor, and the St. Charles County prosecuting attorney, among others.
In a national search involving 80 candidates, Harrison rose to the top and started as chief in 2012. But she claims since that time, city leaders have delved into her personal life and that the prosecuting attorney even inappropriately touched her.
In her lawsuit, Chief Harrison claims the mayor and two alderwomen worked together, harassing and discriminating against her by using police officers to probe into her private life. She claims the officers illegally ran the license tag of a Chevy Tahoe parked in the chief's driveway.
The chief claims that information was used to determine who she was dating. It's a member of the Missouri Police Chiefs Association. The lawsuit claims the politicians used the information to spread the false idea that she had used that relationship to secure her job.
"I will remain steadfast in my commitment to serve and protect the community," Chief Harrison read Tuesday from a prepared statement. She left comments about the lawsuit to her lawyer.
"She's being treated differently than other directors. She is expected to copy everyone on any communications she has with any alderperson, woman or man. She has to do a memo to all the persons on the board and the mayor," said lawyer Joan Swartz.
Chief Harrison also accuses St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar of a political cover up, claiming he refused to prosecute the license tag claim. She says Lohmar also harassed her by calling her "hon" or "honey" and inappropriately grabbed her arm and hand.
Lohmar denies all the accusations. He calls the lawsuit shocking and says it's an abuse of the legal system. He says there was no crime to prosecute and, as far as the touching goes, he says he tapped the chief's wrist at a meeting to get her attention.
The City of Wentzville released a statement stating all of the claims are false and that the mayor and others are innocent.