WASHBURN, N.D. — The city of Washburn will spend $5,550 to install security cameras in its City Hall following allegations that the president of the city commission had harassed employees.

President Larry Thomas called the allegations bogus and said the security cameras are a waste of money.

A citizens group has been collecting petition signatures to recall Thomas, and has until Nov. 6 to file for a special election. City Auditor Joan Zimmerman recently sent an email to commissioners, not including Thomas, alleging that Thomas has displayed anger in the past, The Bismarck Tribune reported.

“All three of us are nervous to be in this building alone because of the actions from the president of the commission,” Zimmerman wrote.

Thomas denies the allegations.

“I never came in and threatened anybody,” he said.

Thomas also said he thinks a recent special commission meeting called to address the installation of cameras was “staged” to garner more support for the recall campaign.

Commissioner Reese Boehm referenced county policy on workplace harassment.

“Very clearly we need to address this; this is really very serious,” he said.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com