West Linn city councilor accused of sexual harassment

WEST LINN, Ore. (KOIN) -- A West Linn city councilor was publicly accused of sexual harassment during a city council meeting.

Emily Smith, a volunteer for the city's committee for citizen involvement, made her accusation against Bob Martin this week.

"I believe I have been sexually harassed by Councilor Bob Martin I ask you, as a governing body, to investigate and take all steps to prevent myself and others from experiencing any further misconduct on behalf of our elected officials," she said. 

She said she didn't want to be in the spotlight, but there was no safe process for victims to address sexual harassment claims against public officials in West Linn.

Martin was not at the table when Smith made her accusation. Martin told KOIN 6 News by phone that he has no public comment but he will follow the city attorney's direction. The attorney told KOIN 6 News there will be an independent investigation into the complaint.

The city has a code of conduct for employees but the city council members and volunteers are not employees, so the council will developed a code of conduct.


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