St. Louis County government official faces sexual harassment allegations

Trakas: "I do not believe there is any conduct that they will find that supports the allegations."

Michael Calhoun
August 21, 2019 - 5:50 pm
Ernie Trakas

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — An elected official in St. Louis County government is now disputing sexual harassment allegations. 

The assertion of misconduct is by a legislative aide against County Council presiding officer Ernie Trakas.

Trakas told KMOX News that he would fight the claim.

"I am extremely confident that at the end of this investigation, I will be found completely exonerated," he said. "I do not believe there is any conduct that they will find that supports the allegations."

Trakas said he and the woman had planned to "separate" her employment at the start of September because he had issues with her job performance. He said the extended notice was to give her time to look for other employment.

He acknowledged that she filed a complaint about him with the office of personnel. KMOX News has requested a copy of that complaint from county government.

A day earlier, the council voted to hire outside lawyers to investigate what was vaguely termed a "personnel issue." The county counselor didn't disclose at the time what that issue was.

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