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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is disputing allegations that he is "abusive" to some employees.
Those allegations were made by his former spokeswoman Deeda Seed who was fired by Anderson on Friday. Seed called the mayor abusive and accused him of berating and degrading her and other employees.
However, Anderson says his reputation as a tyrannical boss among council members and some residents is generated by the press and has become an "urban myth."
Anderson says he doesn't yell at people or abuse them. However, he says, his voice "probably went up" with Seed in total frustration when she would completely fail to perform.
The mayor's new spokesman is Cliff Lyon.
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