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Zach Thompson out as Dallas health director

Dallas, TX – The long-time director of Dallas County’s Health and Human Services Department has been forced out after a woman made an allegation of sexual harassment, according to multiple high-level county sources. Zachary Thompson was fired by County Administrator Darryl Martin Wednesday as a result of the allegations, the sources said. James Hunnicutt, an attorney who presents the woman, confirmed that the county was given notice of the allegations. He told WFAA that there was more than one instance of sexual harassment with Thompson and that it included both verbal and physical allegations. “My client has alleged that the county did not respond adequately or in a timely manner to protect her,” he told WFAA. Hunnicutt did not elaborate and said that his client is contemplating potential litigation.zach A tweet issued from the DCHHS account said that Thompson was “no longer with Dallas County” as of Dec. 29. Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, the department’s assistant director, has been appointed as interim director. The tweet referred all media inquiries to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. A statement from Jenkins said Thompson was terminated Wednesday. A reporter who went by Thompson’s Cedar Hill home Thursday night saw him inside, but he refused to come to the door. He was slated to retire Jan. 31. Anthony Lyons, an attorney representing Thompson, says he found out he had been fired from the media. He says no one from the county contacted Thompson about the allegations. “He was not given an opportunity to respond to the allegations,” Lyons said. “It’s a weird and bizarre set of events.” Lyons says Thompson has not received the termination letter. He says Thompson notified the county nine months ago via email that he was retiring at the end of January. “It’s shocking and very embarrassing for him,” Lyons said. Lyons added that Thompson was not escorted from the building as sources had claimed. He said Thompson hadn’t been at work since December because he was burning his comp time prior to retiring. According to county sources with knowledge of the situation, the woman made the allegation of sexual harassment against Thompson with Human Resources last week. The woman is a manager in the health department, the sources said.

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