Below is a statement from Mayor Pro Tem Kristina Lawson on her thoughts on a mandated reporting internal investigation report released Wednesday by the city.

"The factfinding process was important, and I thank investigator Todd Simonson for preparing a fair and comprehensive report on the City's response to allegations of child sexual abuse by a former City employee.

We should use the findings in the report together with the recommendations of our City Attorney's office and outside counsel to continue to improve the City organization and provide the best services to the City of Walnut Creek.

It is obvious from the report that we have room for improvement. In addition to an immediate need to implement a City-wide mandated reporter policy, I call on our City Manager to promptly implement any and all organizational changes necessary to ensure the City organization is functioning at the highest and best level."