JESUP, Ga. (WSAV) – Jesup’s police chief has been fired after a sexual harassment lawsuit was filed against him and the city.
The complaint, made by three former female employees, claims Chief Mike Lane subjected them to “repeated lewd, sexual comments and unwanted physical touchings.” It details several alleged instances of the chief pressuring employees to have sex.
The lawsuit also seeks damages from Lane and the city on sex discrimination.
Last week, the city released a public statement saying Lane had been suspended and actions were being taken to permanently relieve him of duties.
On Thursday, the city announced his termination.
“The Mayor and Board of Commissioners of the City of Jesup appreciate the trust placed in us by our citizens,” the city stated, in part. “We practice continuous improvement for the betterment of the City and will never stop asking ourselves how we can improve.”
The city says the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation.
Captains Perry Morgan and Alex Reddish have been assigned to the roles of acting chiefs of police.