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Campus Notebook: Capitol Police Official Resigns

The Capitol Police budget officer who is suing the department, alleging retaliation, a hostile work environment and disability-based and race-based discrimination, officially resigned her position Sunday, according to court filings.

Marie Hughes Brown “was compelled to resign from her position with the Capitol Police” because of management’s conduct toward her, according to an amended complaint filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

She had been on administrative leave since February, when a multimillion-dollar shortfall was discovered in the department’s budget.

Hughes Brown initiated court proceedings in July, alleging that she warned then-Chief Administrative Officer Gloria Jarmon, who resigned Sept. 10, that the fiscal 2010 budget would lead to a deficit. The defendant said she was used as a scapegoat for the department’s financial woes.

In addition to being on leave for seven months, she said in court papers that her hand was forced into resignation after hearing Police Chief Phillip Morse state in Congressional testimony that he “lost faith” in her and after knowing that counsel for the Capitol Police said during mediation that she “should have been terminated in June 2009,” according to court documents.

Hughes Brown has added one count of constructive termination to her complaint, claiming economic damages in the form of lost pay and benefits.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider declined to comment.

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