Ex-ASD human resources chief charged with harassment
The former chief human resources officer for the Anchorage School District has been charged with harassment.
On Friday, KTVA learned Todd Hess had resigned, according to Anchorage School Board president Starr Marsett.
At Monday night's Anchorage School Board meeting, member Alisha Hilde said Matt Teaford was ASD Superintendent Deena Bishop's choice to succeed Hess. Teaford has been serving in the HR department as the senior director of labor relations, but the board has yet to confirm his selection.
Anchorage police say the harassment charge against Hess is the result of a March 18 encounter in the atrium of ASD headquarters.
According to an APD statement, an employee said she was speaking with another employee after a work session when Hess walked up to her. She said he "aggressively grabbed her elbow" and asked her why she was there.
The woman contacted an APD school resource officer on April 3 about the incident. After the officer conducted witness interviews, Hess was contacted on April 4 and charged with harassment.
Police say he was issued a summons with a court date of May 6.
According to ASD's website, Hess' duties included overseeing recruitment, hiring and employee benefits. As of Monday evening, he was no longer listed as the district's chief human resources officer.
A call to Anchorage District Attorney John Novak's office, asking whether prosecutors will accept or decline the harassment charge against Hess, wasn't returned Monday afternoon.
Scott Gross contributed information to this story.
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