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Mayor Ireton Found Guilty of Civil Assault, No Actual Malice

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Mayor Jim Ireton (left), Lore Chambers (right) Mayor Jim Ireton (left), Lore Chambers (right)

SALISBURY, Md. – The verdict is in.

After more than 12 hours in a Wicomico County courtroom, a jury finds Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton guilty of civil assault, but not with actual malice.

Former Assistant City Administrator Lore Chambers sued Mayor Ireton after an interaction last July that led to her termination.

She was looking to be awarded monetary damages for the incident. But since the jury decided that Ireton did not act with actual malice, she will not receive any money.

Ireton spent a few hours on the stand Tuesday afternoon.

The incident in question revolves around Chambers applying for the city administrator position before it was publicly posted.

Ireton said he went to talk to Chambers about it and she raised her voice to him. He says he suggested the two of them go to human resources 10 times and Chambers consistently refused. The mayor says after that he fired her.

Chambers tells a different story. She said Ireton was angry while approaching her and kicked her door shut. She testified that he was intimidating as he leaned over her desk and waved his fists towards her.

Ireton denied those claims.

After the verdict, Mayor Ireton released a statement saying “When a jury of your peers rules against you, a man is laid low.”

He thanked the jury and said he will be back to work tomorrow.

Chambers' Attorney said they accomplished half of their goal by proving the mayor's guilt, but were not awarded damages.

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