By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 23, 2018 at 7:26 pm | Updated: February 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Adelanto Mayor Richard Kerr was cleared of sexual harassment allegations Friday after an independent investigator concluded he did not engage in unlawful sexual harassment nor violate city policies, city spokesman Michael Stevens said.

“The city takes complaints of sexual harassment very seriously and does not, and will never, permit nor condone a culture that makes it acceptable for anyone to be mistreated,” Stevens added. “As was the process here, the city has policies and procedures in place to address any complaints.”

Kerr was not immediately available for comment late Friday afternoon.

In December, an intern filed a claim with the city in which she accused Kerr of creating an “uncomfortable, intimidating, and embarrassing” work environment by telling city employees he was “trying to get my number.”

The Community Safety intern, a student at Victor Valley College in Victorville, was working with the city through the CalWORKS Work Study/Internship Program, according to the claim. She alleged the situation created office gossip when it spread to a local news website, causing her further embarrassment at work and in public.

In her claim, the woman said she complained to City Manager Gabriel Elliott and Deputy City Clerk Brenda Lopez. She alleged colleagues looked at her differently as she returned to her department.

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