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Wellington City Council fires police chief amid sexual harassment allegations

Wellington Police Chief Rory Bradley speaks during a press conference after an officer-involved shooting in September of 2019. City council members voted on Friday, April 9, 2021, to fire Bradley from his position amid sexual harassment allegations.
Wellington Police Chief Rory Bradley speaks during a press conference after an officer-involved shooting in September of 2019. City council members voted on Friday, April 9, 2021, to fire Bradley from his position amid sexual harassment allegations.
Deseret News

Wellington Police Chief Rory Bradley was fired by the City Council on Friday after sexual harassment allegations came to light last month.

The City Council met Friday night to discuss the allegations against the now-former police chief Bradley after he had been placed on paid and then unpaid administrative leave for weeks with no public explanation.

Wellington City Attorney John Schindler said a female colleague had reported that beginning in September 2019, Bradley began sending inappropriate texts, had made inappropriate comments, hit her on the butt and put her in a headlock on city property.

Text messages sent from Bradley to the employee in May 2020, which were read during the meeting, stated: “You really think I’m an ugly (expletive) cop??” and “You know you are freaking smoking hot, you could wear a garbage bag and still be smokin. Really though, I really really like it.”

Wellington City Attorney John Schindler speaks to the Wellington City Council on Friday, April 9, 2021, regarding allegations against Police Chief Rory Bradley.

Other texts included innuendo and more comments about the woman’s appearance, as well as saying the former chief would “only take payment in full-frontal nudity.”

Bradley, who is also a member of the City Council, countered that the actions were in jest and that he was trying to be funny.

“I just want another chance,” Bradley said. “I’ve never been in trouble for anything in my life.”

He said he and the employee involved had been friends. He also mentioned that his wife and mother have forgiven him for the actions.

His attorney told the council that Bradley had previously been reprimanded by Mayor Paula Noyes for swatting the woman on the backside. Noyes put Bradley on probation in late January.

Bradley’s attorney asked the council to get “a second opinion” and claimed members of the City Council had it out for Bradley, saying the action against his client was “retaliation” amid fear of a future lawsuit, and that citizens wanted the police chief to stay.

Ultimately, the council voted to fire Bradley, who has served as police chief in Wellington since 2018.

In 2019 he was recognized by the Utah Department of Public Safety for his efforts in rescuing victims trapped inside a Mexican restaurant after a semi plowed into the building.