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Updated resume for candidate for Pinellas superintendent who left after sex harassment complaint

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June

Irving Hamer, who resigned as deputy superintendent of Memphis City Schools after he violated the district's sexual harassment code, has updated his resume with Pinellas County Schools to reflect his changed employment status. His previous resume left the impression that he still worked in Memphis.

Hamer submitted the new resume Sunday, with a note saying that it included "minor editorial adjustments." (See both versions of his resume below.)

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis ran a story about Hamer Saturday. The story says Hamer "announced his resignation March 11, effective at the end of April, after an independent review showed he violated the MCS sexual harassment code when he made crude remarks about a secretary at a party hosted by Supt. Kriner Cash at his home."

According to a previous story in the newspaper, Hamer made two remarks about the woman's breasts during the party. The woman filed a complaint after receiving an email apology from Hamer that she still felt was inappropriate.

Hamer applied to be superintendent of Pinellas in late May. He hasn't returned a phone call from the Gradebook.

The Pinellas County School District also received an email Saturday from a former employee of Memphis City Schools who cautioned the School Board about hiring Hamer. It reads:

"A number of the citizens and former employees of Memphis City Schools are concerned that you might hire Irving Hamer.

It is a matter of public record why Irving Hamer left Memphis City Schools. He was fired for inappropriate comments to another employee in a public gathering.

When he first came aboard at MCS he told the entire IT department that he did not need any of us. (And yet it was the wonderful IT systems and data that has helped us get huge federal grants and a wonderful grant from the Gates Foundation.) He also told the principals the same thing, and was later forced to apologize to all of them. This is all a matter of public record.

The editors of the Commercial Appeal, our daily newspaper, were evidently amazed that he had applied to your schools and ran an article on the second page of today's paper listing the apparent untruths in his resume.

I have some personal experience with the man similar to what many others have had that I would be willing to share. 

If you were not aware, please take the time to 'google' him in the Commercial Appeal, at least.

Sincerely,

Jan Speare, MBA, PMP

Former MCS Computer Operations Manager"

 

 

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