by Sam Hieb
High Point Enterprise reports a report by a Raleigh attorney and certified mediator ” found that no credible threats to the lives” of City of High Point Human Relations Director Al Heggins or her assistant Tony Lowe.
Heggins and Lowe have been on paid leave since claimed that she feared for her life stemming from “racial tensions and institutional racism” within the city.
The mediator’s report was presented to the City Council by City Manager Greg Demko:
“These allegations are very serious and immediate action was taken to investigate the authenticity of these claims,” Demko said. “The investigator found that no credible threats to the lives of Heggins or Lowe exist and, accordingly, there is no reason why they should not be returned to work.”
He said Heggins’ allegations “have caused public confidence in the city to come into question,” and the release of a summary of the investigation “is essential in maintaining the public’s confidence in the administration of city services.”
Heggins and Lowe declined to be interviewed by the investigator and could not be reached for comment Monday evening.
According to the Enterprise, still hanging out there is Heggins’ complaint against the city with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the controversy surrounding anti-racism training for HP police officers and the city forum in which was involved that addressed the topic of white supremacy.