Struthers council clerk accuses councilman of harassment


A letter has been filed alleging verbal harassment between a Struthers city councilman and the clerk of council.

In the letter – which was addressed to council President Henry Franceshelli, Megan Shorthouse, the city’s clerk of council, alleged that Councilman-at-large Michael Patrick verbally harassed and humiliated her in public, that she felt threatened by him and that this was not the first instance of this kind of behavior.

“This is not the first time that I have been belittled, put down, humiliated, disrespected or yelled at in a very unprofessional way by Mr. Patrick in public,” the letter states.

The incident outlined in the letter took place following the Martch 28 council meeting. Shorthouse said in her letter that Councilman-at-large Dallas Bigley and Patrick were discussing issues covered during the meeting a half-hour after the regular meeting ended.

According to the letter, the conversation escalated, during which Shorthouse offered her own opinion on the matter, to which she says Patrick told her to “shut my mouth, stop talking and to just get out of the room.”

Read more about the matter in Wednesday's Vindicator or on

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