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Former City Employee Suing Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.- Former Assistant City Administrator Dr. Lore Chambers on Wednesday filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the City of Salisbury and Mayor Jim Ireton.

Chambers was fired from the city in July. In her lawsuit filed in Wicomico County Circuit Court, Chambers she alleges Ireton verbally berated her when she expressed interest in the city administrator job vacated by longtime administrator John Pick.

According to the court documents, Chambers claims Ireton would not let up in the city offices and was physically stalking her, yelling at her and otherwise attempting to intimidate her in a public setting.

Her attorney, Neil Dukes, said his client is holding up as well as can be expected.

"She's been upset, she was visibly shaken by the turn of events," Dukes said. "She fully expected that she would be the successor of Mr. Pick as city administrator for Salisbury."

WBOC reached out to Ireton, who said he is unable to comment on city personnel matters.

However, in a statement released to WBOC, Ireton said: "When the time comes, lawyers will be filing papers denying the allegations." Ireton also said, "I have faith in our city charter, code and employee handbook, all of which have been followed."

Chambers is seeking $750,000 in damages. Her attorney hopes the amount will capture the attention of the City of Salisbury.

"We're going to leave that up to the finder the factor of the jury to determine what the appropriate measure of damages would be for being placed in fear of your safety by an angry and irate public official," Dukes said.

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