Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says allegations of sexual harrassment against Sheriff Bob Hertz implied in a recent newspaper article are unfounded. The "Belleville News-Democrat" is reporting Sherrif Bob Hertz has been accused of harrassing his former secretary, and claims a number of e-mails between Hertz and his former secretary imply the harrassment was sexual in nature.
Gibbons says the most recent newspaper report lacks context.
Gibbons says Hertz' former secretary was quickly offered another position within the county after the initial complaint was filed, and she has accepted. He says the employee is free to proceed with any other kinds of measures through the EEOC or the Department of Human Rights, but this case is pretty well wrapped up from the county aspect.