Eau Claire Co. District Attorney to resign amid sexual harassment investigation

By: - July 12, 2021 1:38 pm
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Eau Claire County District Attorney Gary King, facing allegations of workplace sexual harassment and appearing in court drunk, announced last week that he will be resigning from his post in August. 

King, a Democrat, announced his resignation in a letter last week. 

“I feel this decision is in the best interest of the office,” he wrote. “It is my hope that this decision will allow the work of the office to move forward without further distraction.”

King had been under investigation since February after an employee requested that the county’s human resources department help her deal with her concerns about King’s actions. The allegations against him include rubbing an employee’s feet and asking another if she wanted to have a threesome with him and a man who lives near the courthouse. 

After reportedly falling asleep during a court Zoom meeting, a judge ordered him to take a breathalyzer test and he blew a 0.047 blood alcohol content. 

King was ordered not to have any one-on-one contact with employees as an outside investigation was completed. 

In June, following a complaint sent to the state Department of Administration, Gov. Tony Evers appointed a court commissioner to investigate the claims against King. That investigation is still ongoing. 

Evers will be able to appoint a new district attorney who will serve until King’s term is up in 2024.


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Henry Redman
Henry Redman

Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.