STATEMENT OF STEPHANIE SMITH
My name is Stephanie Smith, but everyone calls me Stevie. I was the mayor's secretary and administrative assistant during 1999. In that role, I also acted as the
secretary to the Deputy Mayor. During the first half of 1999, the Deputy Mayor was Jim Riley. I generally work from 8:00-4:30. I handle correspondence for
the mayor and deputy mayor, take notes at important city meetings, arrange appointments, keep the mayor's calendar, act as receptionist, and supervise
personnel files. Mayor Teasdale did not run for re-election in November 1999, so I now work for new Mayor Hilda Conkling in the same job. I live at 434 E.
2nd Street in Bloomington. I'm 55 years old, married and have two grown children. I have been the mayor's secretary for twenty-two years, going back well
before Mayor Teasdale's administration.
My desk occupies the central room of a 4-room suite in City Hall. Offices for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and confidential records opened into my office, which also served as a reception and waiting room for people who wanted to see the Mayor. The Mayor generally kept a closed door and saw people by appointment only. Jim Riley kept an open door, and saw people without appointment, although I also made appointments for him if someone wanted one. I was supposed to steer most people who wanted to talk to the Mayor to Riley's office first.
There were always a number of people for whom I had instructions not to make appointments -- we had a list from the police department of people who had threatened the Mayor, and she also had a list of people she did not want to see -- mostly crazy religious people who thought she was promoting Satanism because she was a liberal Democrat.
It was rare that the Deputy Mayor asked me to screen his appointments. That is why I remember that Riley asked me to screen out requests by Marianne Moore to see him in April, 1999. I thought the request unusual, because she was a city employee -- a new secretary in Human Resources. I had met her and thought she was a nice person. I could not remember ever previously having been asked to screen out a city employee. I cannot recall the exact dates, but Riley was definitely refusing to see this person for several weeks, up until the end of April. I figured out why when I saw the story about the sexual harassment situation in the paper. I would estimate that this screen-out period lasted one month, during which time Ms. Moore made several attempts to see Riley or make an appointment. She also sent him at least one letter which she delivered in person sometime in the middle of April. I felt really bad about it, because I could tell that she knew he was deliberately refusing to see her.
In the last ten days of April, the Mayor was out of town -- first at the National Mayor's Conference, then at a resort hotel in Ocean City Maryland. I do not recall which one. I have reviewed my calendar for that period, and it only says "Ocean City -- (410) 562-1000," it does not name the hotel. It indicates that the Mayor was at the Mayor's Conference from April 18 - 21, and then in Ocean City from April 21- 28. Her first day back in the office was May 1. I have no record or recollection of her being in the office on Friday April 28, nor of any meeting she had with Jim Riley.
I understand that Mr. Hunt and Jim Riley fired Marianne Moore just before the mayor got back from Ocean City. I do not know the details. I do know that the mayor was furious when she got back to the office. I talked to her briefly on Friday April 28 -- she called from the airport to let me know she would be in early Monday. I told her about the story in the paper that said Mr. Hunt had been sexually harassing his secretary. I have known her a long time and I could tell by her reaction when I told her the story that she had not previously known anything about this. She sounded genuinely surprised and then angry. She was still angry when she got to the office on Monday. As I was filling her in on events during her absence, I started to summarize the Moore situation but she cut me off, saying "That problem has been dealt with." When we were going over the calendar for the upcoming week and something came up about whether she or Riley was going to attend the Planning Commission meeting, the Mayor said, "You can forget about Riley -- he's history." That's all she said to me. She did not explain either statement and I did not ask.
I have not seen either Marianne Moore or Jim Riley since that day. For the remainder of 1999, Riley was on the mayor's "no appointment" list.
Part of my job is to supervise personnel files for the City of Bloomington. I have reviewed the personnel files for 15 other secretaries who worked at City Hall during the same period as Marianne Moore, January through April, 1999. This is all the secretaries whose names I could remember. Personnel files are kept by alphabetical order, not job classification. All secretaries were permanent employees at the time.
The average number of days noted as absent in the records for that 4-month period was two or fewer. Four of the secretaries had no absences during that period. The most absences was 12, most of which were designated as "hospital" in the record. The breakdown is as follows:
Secretary 1: 0
Secretary 2: 0
Secretary 3: 0
Secretary 4: 0
Secretary 5: 1
Secretary 6: 1
Secretary 7: 1
Secretary 8: 2
Secretary 9: 2
Secretary 10: 2
Secretary 11: 3
Secretary 12: 3
Secretary 13: 4
Secretary 14: 7
Secretary 15: 12