A Richmond city employee who was suspended weeks ago for alleged misconduct was officially terminated on Tuesday after a unanimous city commission vote.
The City of Richmond's former Director of the Information and Technology Department, Tracy Bryant, was fired for violating city policy.
The decision from the commission was unanimous — after Commissioner Jason Morgan, who was involved in the incident that prompted Bryant's suspension, recused himself from the vote.
After an executive session at their Tuesday meeting, City Attorney Tyler Frazier read aloud Order 20-112, which cited the decision to cease Bryant's employment effective immediately.
Previously, the former IT Director was suspended with pay in mid July after she and Morgan were alleged to have accessed another city employee’s information via email.
Both she and Morgan are being investigated by local law enforcement for criminal charges.
“As law enforcement closes its investigation into the actions taken by Commissioner Morgan and Mrs. Bryant, Bryant appears to have used her position to illegally access another employee’s files in an attempt to gather information to have this employee terminated,” Richmond City Manager Rob Minerich explained.
“It is the city’s stance that both individuals infringed on the constitutional rights of (an additional) city employee and violated city policy in a personal attempt to have this employee terminated," Minerich said in an interview with The Register. “During the investigation there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the employee in question.”
Documents obtained by The Richmond Register stated on either July 9 or 10, Morgan contacted Bryant and claimed another city employee had personal information on their work computer, and asked Bryant if she could provide that to him.
Reports claim Morgan told Bryant the entirety of the commission wanted to fire the other city worker.
Following that, on Saturday, July 11, Bryant allegedly went inside City Hall, accessed the other employee's personal email files with Morgan on the phone, and sent him screenshots, the documents show.
On July 14, the documents state Morgan went before several of his colleagues and informed them he had Bryant look up the personal files. Morgan then accused the employee he was investigating of taking bribes from an independent contractor in the city based on the information he uncovered.
According to documents obtained by The Richmond Register, Morgan’s allegations against the city employee whose emails Bryant accessed do not appear to be supported by any evidence.
Bryant had been employed by the city for eight years and was promoted to Director of IT for a one-year probation period in 2016. Her salary, at that time, was agreed to be a wage of $25.97 per hour.