BEND, OR -- Bend City Councilors and members of city committees will now be required to take part in harassment training. Councilor Sally Russell proposed the idea after allegations surfaced, earlier this year, involving Councilor Nathan Boddie; he's accused of groping a woman at a bar several years ago, and making inappropriate comments.
At Wednesday night's Council meeting, Russell said she heard from a lot of people who were concerned about boundaries and what's right and wrong, "Out of that came this resolution, basically requiring participation in harassment training." After she formally introduced the resolution, "requiring participation in Council member and permanent advisory committee, commission and board harassment training." It was quickly seconded by Councilor Boddie, himself, without discussion. The resolution passed unanimously.
Through the end of the year, current Councilors will be asked to voluntarily take part in an online training module, offered by the city’s insurance provider. It will then be incorporated into the ongoing training provided to new Councilors.