BANGS — Bangs officials cannot confirm that the city’s mayor pro-tem has used a racial slur in addressing a black city employee, Mayor Steve Whittenberg stated in a July 25 letter addressed to the NAACP.
Nelson Linder,pesident of the Austin chapter of the NAACP, informed Whitten-berg in a July 14 letter that it is investigating claims that Mayor Pro-Tem Marisa Craddock used the slur repeatedly in addressing Lawrence Crosby, a 67-year-old maintenance worker.
It is also alleged that Craddock has tried to have Thomas fired because of his race, the letter states.
“The City of Bangs takes these allegations very seriously and we are conducting our own investigation,” Whittenberg’s letter, add-ressed to Linder, states.
“As of this writing, based on the information provided in your above referenced letter, we cannot confirm that Mrs. Craddock made these statements.”
Bangs City Attorney Mark Bessent said he spoke with Renita Sanders, first vice president of the NAACP Austin branch, by phone Thursday.
“It was a good conversation,” Bessent said. He said he told her the city’s response was going to be that city officials could not confirm that Craddock had made the statements.
“At this point we can’t confirm that it happened,” Bessent said earlier. “We’re not saying it didn’t happen. We just can’t confirm it.”
Sanders, reached by phone Friday, said she had spoken with Bessent but couldn’t talk because she was in a meeting. She did not return further calls for comment.
Sanders said earlier that she and Linder will visit Bangs. She said five or six witnesses, who she did not name, have spoken with the NAACP and support the allegations.
She said if the allegations are substantiated, the NAACP will ask Craddock to resign her seat. Any further action would depend on Crosby’s desires.
Craddock has declined to comment.