According to the public records obtained by KREM, Cotton complained that Straub had grabbed her butt and tried to kiss her, and that the mayor had ignored past allegations of Straub harassing and creating a hostile work environment when he hired the former Indianapolis Public Safety Director for the police chief's job. Condon's office defended their decision not to make Cotton's allegations public because Cotton had not wanted to make her accusations public. Straub's attorney is furious with the former mayor because Cotton's complaint was not brought to his attention for response and no formal investigation had ever been conducted to determine the validity of Cotton's allegations.
Cotton never submitted a formal complaint against Straub; rather, she met with the City Administrator, Theresa Sanders, in April of this year to voice her concerns. Sanders recorded hand-written notes of her meeting with Cotton in which she described her as being "distraught" over allegations Straub had "grabbed her ass and tried to kiss her." Sanders forwarded her notes to Mayor Condon. Cotton later wrote a letter to Sanders describing her conditions for being moved to another position in city government.
"My transfer to a new position has to be viewed as advancement; without any hint that it is for any reason other than as a promotion for my past performance. I'm happy to participate in any investigation regarding the way I was berated on March 31, and other times I was berated however cannot cooperate with any investigation regarding the matters I presented confidentially to the Mayor and you because of the inevitable publicity and disclosures that will impact me and my life in every way – physically, emotionally, and professionally."After Condon moved Cotton to her new job in the parks department, an attorney acting on her behalf starting writing letters to the city demanding reimbursement from the city for Cotton's legal expenses in an extortion-like fashion. Cotton's attorney threatened to go public with her allegations against Straub if she wasn't reimbursed over $13,000 for the attorney's fees he says she incurred. Cotton's attorney said a formal complaint would include allegations that Mayor Condon ignored Straub's past history of inappropriate behavior with female subordinates according to KREM. Straub later resigned in September after police officers brought a formal complaint against him; however, his attorney claims he was forced to resign by the mayor. Straub was allowed to draw a pay check through the end of the year under the terms of his resignation, but he subsequently filed a lawsuit demanding more money from the city.
Before Straub left his job as Indianapolis' Public Safety Director, it was learned that he had started a romantic relationship with a female co-worker he supervised. Upon accepting his new job in Spokane, it was revealed that he and former Animal Care & Control Director Amber Myers were engaged to be married. Myers quit her job in Indianapolis and moved to Spokane where she married Straub and obtained a job as an administrative law judge for Spokane city government.