Judge reverse jury, clears mayor in employee incident

A Wicomico County Circuit Court judge reversed a finding from December and determined Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton is not guilty of  civil assault in a July 2013 incident.

Lore Chambers, former assistant administrator for Salisbury, accused Ireton of verbally assaulting her during an argument in her office. In court in early December, she said she felt threatened and had nightmares and sought a financial settlement.

Ireton said he was never closer to her than eight feet and only raised his voice when she arg1198-1-06059ued with him about how to apply for the position of permanent city administrator. He fired her after she refused to go with him to the human resources department.

Chambers’ lawyer, Neil Duke, said Ireton was behaving like a bully, but the judge, in December, did not grant a financial settlement to Chambers, saying the mayor didn’t act with malice.

Ireton was found liable for civil assault, but that was overturned last month and his record wiped clean, said Chris Demone, who handles public relations for the mayor’s office.

Demone said there was a motion to reconsider and the judge decided there was no intent of malice, so, therefore, no civil assault.

The docket was amended Jan. 29, Demone said.

This week, Ireton said only “the employee issue is far from over,” but did not expound. He said he had no further comment, on the advice of his lawyer.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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