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Candidate for Pinellas superintendent left Memphis job following sexual harassment complaint

Irving Hamer, a candidate for superintendent of Pinellas County Schools, resigned as deputy superintendent from Memphis City Schools after he violated the district's sexual harassment code.

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis ran a story about Hamer Saturday, noting that the resume he submitted to Pinellas indicated he was still employed by the Memphis school district. 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, prompting the Memphis superintendent to say he would kick Hamer out if he didn't "straighten up." The woman filed a complaint after receiving an email apology from Hamer that she felt was intended to imply he had some reason to be "familiar" with her.

Hamer applied to be superintendent of Pinellas in late May. See other candidates here and here.

We'll try to contact Hamer today to hear what he has to say about his time in Memphis and his application for the top job in Pinellas. See his resume below.