I9 UPDATE: Dubuque employee accused of sexually harassing intern allowed to resign
A former Captain in the Dubuque Fire Department is without a job following allegations he sexually harassed a city intern. In April, an I9 investigation found that among the four largest cities in our viewing area there had only been two documented incidents of sexual harassment in the last seven years. Dubuque was one city that had just one complaint.
A spokesperson for the city confirms to I9 that complaint we reported back in April is the same one that surrounds former fire captain Jim Abitz. I9 obtained the separation agreement signed between Abitz and the City manager which shows his resignation was approved on May 4th, 11 days after our story aired.
I9 asked city officials about the nature of the allegations but all they're saying is it surrounds, "inappropriate conduct toward another city employee". What we do know, Abitz was put on paid leave in December and would remain there for around four and a half months. Documents obtained by I9 show Abitz received benefits through May 31st. Abitz was paid more than $26,000 during his time out on leave.
Per the agreement between Abitz and the City he has agreed not to sue them and to cooperate "in any litigation" in which he "might have relevant information".
The city has declined to issue a statement over this situation but a spokesperson with the city does tell I9 since April they've been in the process of discussing ways to improve their sexual harassment related training.
Our attempts to get in touch with Abitz have been unsuccessful.