Minot’s Former City Manager Harassed Employees for Years, but the Taxpayers Will Still Have to Pay Him


MINOT, N.D. — Yesterday, city leaders in Minot finally did something about a terrible situation with (now former) City Manager Tom Barry.

Per a devastating report from an independent investigator hired to review claims of a hostile work environment, Barry had been harassing city employees as far back as 2017.

Things were so bad, independent counsel Patricia Monson concluded Barry’s efforts to silence city employees could have risen to the level of a misdemeanor crime.

The city council, which includes Mayor Shaun Sipma, acted appalled by this report’s revelations and during a surreal and emotional meeting voted unanimously to begin the process of terminating Barry’s contract immediately.

Councilmember Stephen Podrygula could be heard weeping during the meeting.

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