STATEMENT OF DOROTHY PARKER
My name is Dorothy Parker, 1805 Wearglass Street in Bloomington. I work for the City of Bloomington in the Department of Human Resources. I am the
Employment Coordinator for the City of Bloomington. I have held that job for approximately six years. Prior to that time, I was a bookkeeper in the City
Controller's office for five years. I have an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance from Marion College in Indianapolis. I am divorced from my
husband, William Moody, and have one child, a daughter named Melanie who is 15 years old.
During the period of January through May, 1999, I was working in the Department of Human Resources. My office is Room 201. The office is adjacent to the secretarial pool. I generally work with my door open, because I may be called upon to answer questions about job openings and job opportunities when people come to the information window in the office. My job is to coordinate job openings for the City of Bloomington, to advertise them in appropriate places, to issue a weekly newsletter to all city employees announcing openings, and to keep very detailed statistical data on applicants and other employment related matters.
During this period, William Hunt was the Director of Human Resources, although he resigned in January, 2000. Mr. Hunt was a good boss to work for. He generally left me alone to do my job, and gave me a fair amount of discretion to handle my job as I saw fit. He and I had no particular contacts either on the job or outside of work. When Mr. Hunt organized office lunches, I occasionally but not often went out with the group. Beyond that I have no particular impression of Mr. Hunt one way or the other.
I also recall Marianne Moore. She came on as a secretary in January, 1999, and worked for us for about four months. At the end of that time she was fired when the story about her sexual harassment complaint hit the newspapers. I did not get to know her particularly well, but did go to lunch with her several times. I did not associate with her outside of work, and have no impression of her personality and character beyond that which I learned at work. She seemed to me to be a nice woman, friendly and smart. As far as I could tell, her secretarial skills were adequate for the job. She had not previously done spreadsheet and database work, so it was taking her a while to come up to speed on the kind of statistical and data record keeping that I had to do on employment issues. However, she was taking a computer course, and certainly seemed smart enough to learn what she didn't know, if she had stayed on the job. Similarly, her secretarial and typing skills were adequate and competent, but not spectacular. She was probably a bit slower and more careful than the other secretaries in the pool. In my experience, we have certainly had worse secretaries who were not fired.
I really know nothing at all about the relationship between Marianne Moore and Will Hunt. I tended to stay in my office and not socialize with other people in the department. I do not want to take sides. If Mr. Hunt made sexual propositions to Marianne, as she claims, clearly he should not have done so. However, I was not there in that hotel room and I do not know what happened. This whole incident has created an atmosphere of tension in the Department of Human Resources and in other departments at City Hall. Personally, I wish Marianne had not raised the issue. The incident seems trivial to me. However, if the City refused to take any action on it, as the newspaper story reported, that is wrong.
I do not recall overhearing or being involved in any conversations with Mr. Hunt or with any of the senior city officials concerning Marianne Moore or the sexual harassment complaint. I also do not remember any memos being circulated or anything concerning it. I heard the gossip in the halls obviously. I would say that most people seemed to believe that Marianne's story was probably true. I heard a number of people report that Will Hunt had had affairs and made advances on other secretaries and staff people in the past. However, I do not take this kind of hallway gossip seriously. Personally, I never saw any indication that Mr. Hunt was a womanizer, and I never saw anything inappropriate between him and any woman who worked in our department.
I prepare and supervise all job opening notices. For secretarial positions, we have a standard notice. I have attached a copy, which I assume is similar to the one posted for Marianne Moore's job.
When we advertised for an assistant director in 1999, I wrote special copy according to Mr. Hunt's description of the job. I have attached a copy of that description. All job descriptions are circulated among city employees in a weekly bulletin, are posted on the bulletin board in the public area of the Department of Human Resources, and an abbreviated version is advertised in the local paper and two regional papers.