Wetumpka receives notice of EEOC complaint, filed by police chief

Wetumpka Police Chief Celia Dixon (Source: WSFA 12 News file footage)
Wetumpka Police Chief Celia Dixon (Source: WSFA 12 News file footage)

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - Wetumpka officials have received official confirmation that Police Chief Celia Dixon filed a discrimination complaint against the city.

Monday, the Equal Opportunity Commission sent a notice to the City of Wetumpka, confirming the complaint was filed on the basis of gender and age discrimination.

According to City Attorney, Regina Edwards, the notice was only one page, citing the complaints were filed under Title 7 of The Civil Rights Act, which would meet the requirements for sex discrimination and The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which protects individuals 40 years of age and older.

WSFA 12 News broke the story after Dixon verified she had filed an EEOC complaint against the city on July 28th.

Dixon told WSFA she was compelled to file the complaint after multiple people came forward to her as witnesses. At that time, Mayor Jerry Willis had not received official notification of the complaint, nor a formal copy of the allegations of discrimination against the chief.

There's no way to discern if this EEOC complaint is linked to action taken by the Wetumpka City council in late July.

On July 21, Chief Dixon and Deputy Chief Anthony Crenshaw were put on paid administrative leave by the mayor.

July 22nd, the Wetumpka City Council voted unanimously to hire an attorney from Birmingham to investigate what Mayor Jerry Willis describes as "multiple allegations". Willis says putting the top leadership on paid leave would allow the process to work fairly for all parties involved.

Dixon and Crenshaw have now been on paid leave for three weeks.  The investigating attorney has spent two days out of each week in Wetumpka interviewing employees.  Edwards could not confirm if the investigation would go into a 4th week, but suspected to have a final report some time over the next 7 days.

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