Below is a statement from Councilwoman Loella Haskew on her thoughts on a mandated reporting internal investigation report released Wednesday by the city.
"The investigator's report supports that the City and its staff are charged with the responsibility for protecting all people, especially young people, who participate in the City's programs. Under Ken Nordhoff's administration, staff members are empowered to act to assure that the participants' safety and well-being. In this particular case, the first moment there was a whiff of impropriety, the action was swift and sure. Everything that could have been done with the facts available at the time was done. Great news!
After that, I am struggling with the investigator's logic. Somehow, his next leap is that upper management was withholding information that appears to have been otherwise common knowledge amongst the various police departments. It makes no sense to me the question even came up. If there was any issue about what may or may not have happened, the best source of information would be the readily available people on the front lines. I am not sure how an unbiased investigator can conclude that fourth-hand hearsay evidence (by the report's own facts) has any probative value. In my opinion, this sideline takes our eyes off the ball.
My conclusion is that there were and are procedures in place, i.e. background checks and multiple people in the interview process to ferret out the "bad guys." There are enhancements that will be instituted to do everything humanly possible to avoid a situation such as this in the future.
Ultimately, I also have to rely on my own observations and gut feelings. That conclusion is that there are good, decent, dedicated people working in our City. From the city manager to our hundreds of volunteers, those people care deeply about our City, our citizens, our visitors and nothing in this report changes that opinion."