Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis
Former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis

City officials in Brookhaven withheld information in public disclosures about an employee’s complaint accusing former Mayor Max Davis of sexual harassment, according to the Brookhaven Post and

But that same day, Davis apologized publicly to two employees who were present during the incident and said “the action was innocent and was not intended to bring discomfort.”

Also that day, City Attorney Tom Kurrie released a statement denying an investigation of sexual harassment was being conducted and said there was no claim of sexual harassment against the mayor.

On June 15, and The Brookhaven Post published newly released city memorandum from Davis and City Manager Marie Garrett that revealed more information about the incident, including an statement by Garrett that “I believe that the mayor took a liberty and crossed the line doing something I consider to be sexual harassment.”

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Davis, Brookhaven’s founding mayor, resigned the post to run for the District 80 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. Members of Brookhaven City Council elected District 1 Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams to complete his term.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.