City settles a sexual harassment lawsuitPolice officer claimed long-term abuse
The city of Edmonds has approved a settlement with an Edmonds police officer who filed a $500,000 claim in August 2013, alleging sexual harassment from a police sergeant.
The city will pay Jodi Sackville $235,000, in addition to $2,455 toward medical benefits.
The decision was made in executive session on Tuesday, Feb. 28, meaning details of the case were not made public.
Councilmembers voted 6-0, with Thomas Mesaros absent, to approve the settlement.
Human Resources Director Mary Ann Hardie said she could not discuss the settlement, as it was a personnel matter.
In her claim, Sackville – who said she’s been harassed for at least three years – said the Edmonds Police Department “failed to take prompt and effective steps to provide a safe working environment for me. Since that time, the EPD has engaged in and continues to engage in sex discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, and retaliation against me.”
She listed six witnesses to the alleged harassment.
It was in 2012 that Sackville was singled out for her heroic actions during an apartment fire in the 7600 block of 230th Street SW in Edmonds.
Realizing that many of the apartment's residents were sleeping, Sackville quickly entered the burning building, Edmonds Police Sgt. Mike Blackburn said at the time.
She ran from door to door, alerting residents to the fire and safely evacuating them.
Once all of the residents were safely evacuated, paramedics treated Sackville for minor smoke inhalation.
She was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she received medical attention before being released.