COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur/Dawn Faugl) — Jerzell Pierre-Louis is finally speaking out. She’s the former Chief of Staff to Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo.
ABC 6/FOX 28 first broke the story about Mingo removing Pierre-Louis from her post. After Pierre-Louis left that office, she threatened to sue, claiming she had been fired after confronting Mingo with allegations of improper behavior with female staffers. But just months later – after Pierre-Louis withdrew some of those allegations – Mingo gave Pierre-Louis a $135,000, six-month consulting contract.
Now that the contract has been completed Pierre-Louis spoke with ABC 6/FOX 28. In her first on-camera interview, Jerzell Pierre-Louis spoke to us for an hour.
Emotionally, she spoke out about what it has been like for her to lose her job – a job she said she was very good at. ABC 6/FOX 29 has been reporting for months that Pierre-Louis believes she was fired for reporting allegations of sexual harassment in the Franklin County Auditor’s Office.
But now, here are her own words. First, Pierre-Louis told us that she had been fired from her job as Clarence Mingo’s chief of staff. As she put it, “He told me this was my last day and I should pack my things and my services were no longer needed.”