MOUNT VERNON — A federal lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court on Wednesday alleges Brian Hess, director of the Knox County Emergency Management Agency, sexually harassed 9-1-1 dispatchers and created a hostile work environment in the 9-1-1 Emergency Call Center since early 2009.



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7 Responses to “Federal lawsuit filed against Hess”

  1. debbyied

    Please remember this when the county wants a tax increase to fund projects. One of which will be the huge lawsuit they will be paying out. Just like the schools, they expect the taxpayers to keep footing the bills for the actions or inaction, of the people in charge. I am so sick of these idiots screwing us over. 

  2. Miriam StJean

    Six women telling the same story – witch hunt?  is that what Brian is claiming? Of course it is

    He’s not only a sleazebag, but a predator – and each and every county or city official who ignored his actions should be held accountable.

    Oh, and please fire this idiot before the city and county incur even MORE liability, Mr. and Mrs. Elected official, and 911 Board Members………

    at least TRY to save face

  3. dogtop

    Well from what I have heard Brian has been involved in a few witch hunts himself. Bottom line if you keep your nose clean and do what you are supposed to witch hunts would be unsuccessful. And once again Brian has admitted to doing these things. He is guilty or would not have admitted to it.. And as far as Knox county goes if they would have done the right thing to begin with they would not be in this position. These things should have never happened. He is supposed to be a professional ,so act like one. Makes me sick to think Mr. Thatcher or anyone else would defend these actions. Kinda makes me wonder does he have some dirt on someone or what.

  4. Douglas3

    Witch Hunt???  He was reprimanded prior.  Several planitiffs with the same story.  Now we learn he has a prior record with a previous employer.  Plus his own father has the same prior problem.  Witch hunt or does the apple not fall far from the tree?  Looks like an easy guilty.  Sorry he may be your friend but the county needs to cut its losses and soon.

  5. bio6000

    Unfortunately there is a “witch hunt” going on. Brian Hess is a great person. Just because his predecessor’s friends have complained to get him fired, doesn’t make him guilty!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Douglas3

    In the private sector this guy would have been FIRED without pay!  Time to clean house.  Get rid of the entire board who allowed this behavior and discipline anyone who failed to protect these women.  I hope they win the lawsuit and cost the county a ton of money, a well as all the individuals who failed to protect these women.  Dispicable!

  7. Mvbro

    Wow, The sheriff was informed and took no action? Wow, wow, wow. The perp admitted to his behavior and receives a 5 day suspension without pay but keeps his job. What a joke. Our government is outta control at ALL levels. Get’em all out….these people don’t deserve another cent of my tax money.