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Suit accuses Oak Harbor mayor, city administrator of unethical conduct

The Oak Harbor public works director and a former city engineer accused the mayor and city administrator of a long list of unethical conduct in a lawsuit filed last week in Island County Superior Court.

Cathy Rosen, the longtime director of the city’s largest department, and former City Engineer Joe Stowell are asking for unspecified damages for retaliation against whistleblowing, violations of laws against a hostile work environment, a violation of public records laws and infliction of emotional distress.

Rosen is also alleging gender discrimination, and Stowell is accusing the mayor of wrongful discharge.

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