Mount Rainier fired the city’s finance director, DeMornai Blackwell, effective May 7, 2020. The move leaves Mount Rainier without a finance director as city officials begin to tackle budget planning for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2020, as well as try to get caught up on its past-due audits.
In a statement to Route 1 Reporter, Blackwell confirmed he was fired from his post as finance director and alleged his termination was related to an equal-employment opportunity complaint filed with the Prince George’s County Human Rights Commission in early April, 2020. The complaint describes incidents of workplace hostility covering a period from December 2019 to early April 2020. “It is unfortunate that I was dismissed from my position so sudden, after filing an EEO complaint with the Prince George’s Human Rights Commission regarding my concerns about workplace hostility and discrimination from the City’s Leadership Team,” said Blackwell, who had been the city’s financial director since December 2018. “The city is at a critical financial juncture because it is budget season.