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Ft. Myers city attorney back on the job

Posted at 10:53 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 23:20:21-05

FT. MYERS, Fla. --- Ft. Myers City Attorney Grant Alley received a round of applause from council members as he returned to work Monday for the first time since being suspended over allegations of harassing subordinates.

"I feel good about being back, public service is a high calling, I've dedicated much of my career to public service, and I'm happy to be back,” Alley told 4-In-Your-Corner.

 Alley's return comes with some strings attached, including a written warning from council.

"I believe this is a statement that says: Mr. Alley, these are concerns of the employees of the city attorney's office,” said Mayor Randy Henderson.

Alley has some concerns of his own saying he was threatened by Ft. Myers police officers. The allegation was detailed in the recently released Freeh report on corruption in the department.

“No, thank you,” said Alley, when asked to comment on the issue.

Mayor Henderson says he's directed consultants hired by the city to speak with Alley about these allegations.

"We live in a dangerous world these days. The city has been faced with a lot of challenges that could result in angering someone.”

The mayor says he wants to make sure city workers feel safe and comfortable on the job.

"It is the highest priority, that we get up each day and to the best of our abilities enjoy our work, and if we enjoy our work and we are comfortable we can be more productive."

The bill for a consulting firm hired to deal with the city attorney issue is $131,000, according to the mayor.