Officer Jodi Sackville, a five-year veteran of the Edmonds Police Department, has filed a $500,000 claim against the City of Edmonds, alleging three years of ongoing on-the-job sexual harassment. Her claim goes on to allege that she was subject to retaliation after reporting this to her superiors.
Sackville’s claim specifically states that she reported being harassed by a police sergeant, and that the Edmonds Police Department failed to respond with “prompt and effective steps to provide a safe working environment.” Her claim goes on to state that “since that time the Edmonds Police Department has engaged in and continues to engage in sex discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, and retaliation against me.”
Her claim lists at least six other officers and staff who were witness to the alleged harassment.
Last year Sackville was honored with Citation for Valor for her actions in helping rescue the occupants of a burning building at the Park Ballinger Apartments.
According to reports, Sackville and three other officers were investigating a burglary at around 3 am on Feb. 12, 2012, when the fire broke out. Sackville ran from door to door to wake up residents as the fire became increasingly involved. Despite imminent danger to herself, she continued to go into the building to rescue tenants until she was overcome by smoke. She was evacuated to Harborview Medical Center where she was treated for smoke inhalation. Read more here.
City of Edmonds Human Resources Director Carrie Hite declined to comment on Sackville’s claim while the investigation is ongoing. Neither Sackville nor Edmonds City Attorney Jeff Taraday could be reached for comment.
— By Larry Vogel