“They are loving spouses and parents, and both are dedicated city employees,” Greenwood said. “We stand beside them completely.”

Royston remains on his job as director of recreation and parks. City personnel records show his salary is $103,978.02, and that he got his last pay increase on April 9, 2019.

Royston was on medical leave recently and returned to work in late August.

Roberts was suspended on May 6 from her job as a human resource analyst with the city. City Attorney Angela Carmon said she could not legally provide any details on how long the suspension lasted or the reason for it.

Roberts’ position was reclassified on May 29 this year to that of special project coordinator in the city’s business advancement and inclusion department. On Aug. 20, she received a lateral transfer to become human resource analyst in the city’s sanitation department.

Royston started work for the city in 2005 after working in Durham parks and recreation for seven years. He received a suspension on May 19, 2008, but returned to work thereafter. At the time of his suspension, he was parks superintendent. Over the years, Royston held various positions here, including project planner.

Royston became director of recreation and parks here on Oct. 21, 2016, after serving as interim director after the retirement of Tim Grant in the summer of 2016.