Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Probe: Utah County Commissioner Seen As Workplace Bully, Explosive

Utah County Commission

Tensions are high in Utah County right now as a county commissioner faces allegations of sexual harassment and bullying.

Two of Utah County’s three Republican commissioners have asked their colleague, Greg Graves to step down. The Utah County GOP has also called for his removal. Graves, so far has declined. An investigator Utah County hired wasn’t able to confirm a sexual harassment claim a government employee made against Graves. But he did find instances of employee harassment, intimidation, and retaliation. 

Bill Lee is chair of the Utah County Commission. He says Graves lost the trust of the public, his party, and fellow employees. 

“When I go into the office now, I feel like I’m going into an environment in which everyone is concerned, even physically concerned about what might happen because of his explosive nature,” Lee says. “They’re asking for certain protections, having deputies walk through on a more frequent basis to doing drills in case of whatever they might think is the worst-case scenario.”

Right now, there’s no mechanism in the state for removing an elected official from office short of criminal charges.

Lee says he’s talking with Utah legislators about the need for such a law.

Graves did not respond to a request for comment.

Utah County Investigation Report on Greg Graves by Judy Fahys on Scribd

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
KUER is listener-supported public radio. Support this work by making a donation today.