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Top Reno official resigned just two weeks after woman reported sexual assault

Bill Dunne

A top City of Reno official resigned just two weeks after a female coworker reported that he sexually assaulted her, the victim's lawyer told News 4-Fox 11.

But revitalization manager Bill Dunne's November resignation letter mentioned nothing about the complaint — only that he was planning to pursue other opportunities.

Attorney Mark Mausert said his client reported the sexual harassment and assault to human resources in late October 2017 and was pushed out of her role with the city that same day.

Two weeks later, on November 10, Dunne submitted his letter of resignation.

"With the completion of the City of Reno Downtown Action Plan, and the creation of the Downtown Reno Business Improvement District successfully on its way, I feel I have done everything I was hired to do, so I am tendering my resignation to pursue other opportunities," Dunne wrote.
"I enjoyed my time working with the many exceptional people at the City, and I wish the City all the best."

In a sworn statement obtained by News 4-Fox 11, the woman said Dunne sexually harassed her "for much of the time" she worked at the City of Reno. She wrote that his misconduct culminated with an encounter in which Dunne locked her in his car and demanded she perform a sexual act.

Reno city officials have remained mostly silent on the allegations, except to confirm that a complaint was made and to reiterate that the City takes the allegations seriously.

News 4-Fox 11 also requested Dunne's personnel file, but the City of Reno declined our request, citing confidentiality exceptions outlined in Nevada state law.

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