Panama City, FL –
WALTON COUNTY Fla. (WMBB) – The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has released the public records of an internal investigation into sexual harassment.
The Walton County Fire District EMS chief and several employees were interviewed in August 2019.
“When he said they could walk through my house and they could see my dirty panties on the floor,” said Tammy Bradley, Walton County Fire Department administrative assistant.
Audio of an internal investigation where Bradley said SME chief Tracey Vause made an inappropriate comment about “dirty panties” and inappropriately touched her and other employees. Vause saw it differently.
“Did you tell Tammy Bradley they could pick up her dirty panties off the floor?” said Captain James Fannin of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office with their internal affairs.
“Yeah, I did,” Vause said. “I told him that they could pick up personal items, including his dirty underwear or whatever.
“Then he took his hands and he handcuffed them and made a noise, sniffing them,” Bradley said.
“I didn’t do it in a lewd way, I certainly wasn’t trying to be offensive with it,” Vause said.
There is a video of inside the medical supply room where the incidents allegedly took place.
“He came in and I was sitting in a high chair on the bench and he came in and he put his hand on my leg and I moved my leg from where it was because my chair was spinning and that’s just, I don’t approve of this, ”Bradley said in broken tears.
“And I patted her leg with my right hand,”
“So it would be rare for you to do this with anyone, guy or girl,” Fannin said.
“No,” Vause replied.
After reviewing all documents and interviews, the findings indicate that what is argued is that Chief Vause was involved in inappropriate conversations.
“I definitely hate to hear that they think I’m scary, nobody ever told me that, nobody ever walked away from me,” Vause said.
The Walton Fire Rescue and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office released this statement following the investigation:
Following the result of the internal investigation, Bradley filed a civil action against the sheriff’s office on January 8. She alleges that the sheriff’s office did nothing to end a hostile work environment, gender discrimination and sexual harassment.
We contacted Bradley’s lawyer in Tallahassee – Marie Mattox on Monday, February 22, and received no response.
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