The Harrassment Thingy Didn't Work Out
WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN, FIRE CHIEF Jesse Alba has only been on the job for four months, having been promoted to the post this past May. But he has already been spending a lot of his time before the city's Police and Fire Commission defending himself from charges placed by the Mayor.
At a disciplinary hearing earlier this month on September 12, the Commission heard that shortly after Alba's appointment he began pressuring a female part-time employee to resign because he had romantic feelings for her and it was distracting him from his duties.
Alba's response was that the two of them, both married, had a brief affair last year but decided to break it off because they were having a "tough time" working together. He added that he thought her leaving the job was "a reasonable solution."
WITI-TV posted a video report from this earlier hearing HERE.
The woman did not show up for the September 12 hearing because she was unable to be located to serve papers requiring her to appear. The hearing was then rescheduled to resume yesterday September 25.
When the hearing was continued yesterday the woman was still a no-show, but perhaps anticipating the event, the City Attorney leveled another charge against Alba: Adultery.
Alba’s attorney was hoping to have the woman subpoenaed, in order to have her brought to court to attempt to prove she made untrue statements to investigators. However, that didn’t happen.
"They introduced additional charges that frankly I didn’t expect. The adultery charge — I rather doubt the city of Waukesha will be implementing this as far as other employees," Alba’s attorney said.
Alba took the stand again on Wednesday, saying he has heard of no other city employee that has faced an adultery charge.
The two sides will make their closing arguments on October 8th. Meanwhile, Alba remains suspended with pay.
WITI-TV attended the hearing Wednesday and filed this video report:
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