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Fire Captain Accused of Harassing Intern Allowed to Resign

A Dubuque Fire Captain accused of sexually harassing an intern was allowed to resign, rather than be fired. That’s the finding of an investigation by our coverage partner, KCRG-TV. They reported back in April that a complaint had been filed against the former fire captain Jim Abitz. He was placed on paid leave last December, and continued to draw a salary and collect benefits until the end of May. According to a separation agreement between Abitz and the city, he was accused of what’s being called “inappropriate conduct toward another city employee”. As part of that agreement, Abitz has agreed to not sue the city or participate in any other litigation involving the city. A spokesperson for the city tells KCRG they’re discussing ways to improve the city’s sexual harassment related training.

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