A Bastrop City Hall receptionist stood before City Council during public comments Tuesday to condemn the city manager for allegedly creating a “toxic and hostile environment” rife with racial discrimination.
The city replied Wednesday with a statement saying that city employee Kay Revetta’s comments to City Council stem from her son being fired from his city job.
The statement says for the past 18 years, since the city’s current director of human resources Tanya Cantrell has been in that role, the city has not received any founded complaints or claims of discrimination from any current or past city employee.
Revetta took aim at City Manager Lynda Humble in her comments to council, saying by allowing her to stay, it “allows racism to live and thrive in Bastrop.”
Stopped by the city attorney from showing a video clip during the comments portion of the meeting, Revetta planned to evidence her claims by showing a video of a MadTV skit used in city customer service training.
Sarah O’Brien, the city’s hospital & downtown director, apologized for using the video in the city statement.
“It is unfortunate that all complaints, concerns or grievances stemming from viewing the 2016 video were not brought forward at that time so that they could have been investigated and dealt with in the proper setting with the proper context,” Humble said.
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