Tuesday, September 4, 2012
ICE Chief of Staff Resigns Amid Allegations of Creating "`Frat House' Atmosphere of Boozing and Sexual Harassment"
The N.Y. Daily News reported that "Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr resigned Saturday amid charges that she created a `frat house' atmosphere of boozing and sexual harassment at the agency." ImmigrationProf previously reported that Barr had been accused of various improprieties in a high profile employment discrimination lawsuit.
According to the DHS website, "Ms. Barr came to ICE in January 2009. Before becoming chief of staff, she served in then-Governor Janet Napolitano’s office, working as deputy director and director of legislative affairs. As director of legislative affairs, Ms. Barr was responsible for the governor’s legislative agenda and oversaw the legislative proposals of all state agencies. She also served as the governor’s policy advisor on law enforcement issues, overseeing all state law enforcement agencies."
This story has bad optics all over it in an election year, with Barr's close relationship with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano likely to keep this story alive while the litigation continues.
For more on this story from the Huffington Post, click here.