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Lawsuit Against Dewey Beach Town Manager Dropped -- For Now

Posted: 08/15/2017 13:08:00 -04:00 Updated:
Dewey Beach Town Hall (Photo: WBOC) Dewey Beach Town Hall (Photo: WBOC)

DEWEY BEACH, Del. - A Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit against Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum has been dropped--for the time being.

Appelbaum has been accused of sexual harassment, discrimination and unprofessional behavior.

Attorney Rick Cross, who represents the 18 complainants, says the suit was dropped in the form of a move called "dismiss without prejudice" meaning the suit can begin again at any moment. Cross says the "dismiss without prejudice" was a move of good faith as the town of Dewey Beach continues its independent investigation. Cross says the town suggested the move. 

"There is a mountain of evidence that we have supplied to the town that should have been more than enough in any other circumstance to warrant suspension and dismissal of Mr. Appelbaum," Cross said in a statement. "The complaints and evidence involve sexual harassment, racial discrimination, interference with the police department, creating a hostile work environment, and more."

The town of Dewey Beach issued the following statement regarding the dismissal:

"We are pleased to announce that the plaintiffs have agreed to voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit they brought against the town and the town manager.  

They have done so without any conditions required of the Town.  
Council is particularly pleased that Mr. Cross, attorney for the complainants, has ended his policy of withholding his clients' cooperation from the ongoing independent investigation.  
Council continues to desire a careful, objective and thoughtful review of the allegations. 
To date, many employees unrepresented by counsel have been interviewed by the team of investigators.  We thank them for their cooperation.   
Your Town Council has expressed a desire to not rush to judgment. We look forward to the completion of the investigation by Mr. Walton and his law firm which is aided considerably by the prospect of interviewing the complainants.  We hope the investigation will be completed by the end of August.” 

Cross says the 18 formal complaints against Appelbaum will still be reviewed, not just by the town's internal investigation, but by the Delaware Public Integrity Commission later this month. 

"We believe one or both of these investigations will pave the way for Mr. Appelbaum’s dismissal," Cross said.



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