Disturbing testimony in Dougherty-Henon trial from former L&I Commissioner
Now, imagine you get called into a meeting with a City Council member who votes on your department’s budget. Well, that’s what happened to Carlton Williams in 2015, according to testimony in the bribery trial of Electricians union boss John Dougherty and Councilman Bobby Henon.
Henon asked to meet with Williams, the former commissioner testified, but when he walked in, Dougherty, the union boss, was sitting behind the desk, and it was Dougherty who did most of the talking.
Dougherty wanted the non-union construction site at the Goldtex Building shut down. Williams testified that while they were talking, Dougherty mentioned a previous building collapse in which several people died, claiming that the city was partly at fault for the deaths that occurred.
“He said it was a ‘real tragedy,’ and that the city bore some of the responsibility,” Williams said. “He said to me he could have me replaced. I took it as a … threat.”
And you know what? He should’ve taken it as a threat, because if Williams’ testimony is true, that’s just what it was.