A bit of an odd public statement considering the circumstances and allegations:
“To be honest, I totally had a crush on him,” Shelby says now. He was nice. He was charming.”
Here is what I think are a few interesting things:
The case again points out just how dysfunction City Human Resources is.
Some real interesting questions about the way the City handles Public Records Requests.
The question of whether or not the City needs a City Charter change to have an elected City Attorney rather then one appointed to protect the City Administration instead of the Citizens.
How should reporters use unsubstantiated allegations in a news story (Bainbridge Island Police Guild v. City Of Puyallup) without hard clarification regarding the information the appropriateness of a HR Director to name an employee who was the subject of a un-sustained allegation.
Whether or not it is a good idea to have the owner of a local news outlet reporting on City Parks employees conduct while at the same time being a member of the City Park Board.
Does the fact that Michael Piccolo an Assistant City Attorney is representing the Civil Service Commission in these cases represent a conflict of interest and a possible RPC violation.
In 2014, he’d been investigated for repeatedly subjecting a subordinate two decades younger than him to inappropriate comments and overtures. But Human Resources Director Chris Cavanaugh says the HR report was never officially submitted and so Eva was never officially disciplined. The lack of action handcuffed HR’s ability to reference the case during last month’s hearing, Cavanaugh says. The city believes it seriously screwed up.
“I wish we could go back to do it over,” city spokeswoman Marlene Feist says. “It’s painful for Chris, for me, for others.”
“But those, it turned out, weren’t mutually exclusive, according to the account she gave the city in 2014 and relayed to the Inlander.” (*** If reporter Walters didn’t have a copy of the 2014 HR case how did he know the account he got from the alleged victim was the same?)
“To “ensure that these negative and disrespectful behaviors stop immediately,” Daling urges for Eva to cease contact with Shelby, to never be placed in a supervisory role with her again, to be moved from Riverfront Park, and to be retrained on “respect in the workplace.” Finally, he calls for Eva to be sent to a “predisciplinary hearing to determine what discipline, if any, is appropriate.”
“In the report, authored by former HR analyst Dan Daling, Eva admits to kissing Shelby — though Eva portrays the kiss as gentler, briefer and without any inappropriate touching. But Daling ultimately finds Shelby to be more credible and less culpable than Eva.
To “ensure that these negative and disrespectful behaviors stop immediately,” Daling urges for Eva to cease contact with Shelby, to never be placed in a supervisory role with her again, to be moved from Riverfront Park, and to be retrained on “respect in the workplace.” Finally, he calls for Eva to be sent to a “predisciplinary hearing to determine what discipline, if any, is appropriate.” (***I have to wonder how Walters got a copy of the 2014 case?)
In his response to the city, Casey wrote that the commission’s decision was final, and the media coverage, such as allegations published in the Inlander that Eva had behaved inappropriately toward a young female employee in 2014, would bias the commission against Eva.
I find it odd that HR Director Christine Cavanaugh supposedly only found out about the “Eva Prior Investigation” on October 30, 2018.
City Attorney Mike Ormsby has decided to spend Citizens money by filing a lawsuit against the City Civil Service Commission and Mr. Eva which included a failed attempt to obtain a “Writ of Certiorari”.
Adriano Eva has filed a 2.8 Million Dollar Claim against the City.
On Friday June 21, 2019 there is a hearing scheduled to address whether or not a Permanent Restraining Order will be approved to prevent the City and Daniel Walters from releasing any details of the 2014 HR case. It will be interesting to see if a lawyer representing the Inlander and Daniel Walters shows up at that hearing, so far the City Attorney has been carrying all the legal load.
I have reached out to The Inlander (Ted McGregor Jr, Jacob Fries, and Daniel Walters) via email of course to ask 3 very simple questions, but they have not responded as of yet. If and when they do I will report on their response.
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!
Is that the Lesser BWC Video is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to SPD’s PACT something I’ve been investigating for over a year now and Chief Meidl has known about prior to my starting the investigation. It is so bad and Chief Meidl knows it, that two Federal Agencies, DEA and ATF no longer are willing to take SPD PACT cases.
Another thing no one seems to understand is that the OPO/OPOC ordinance negotiated by Mayor Condon with the Spokane Police Guild and approved by the City Council so limits the power of the OPO and OPOC it is very difficult for them to conduct effective oversight of SPD. Beyond the Ordinance itself the Mayor and City Council refuse to fund and staff the OPO/OPOC at a level that would allow for legitimate oversight no matter how hard they try.
The only way to assist in the oversight process is for the Media to work hard at trying to determine exactly what is going on at SPD report the facts to the Public and let the Public decide what action they want to take. I will reiterate that there has been no changes in the Culture at SPD since the Otto Zehm case and the hiring of Craig Meidl to replace Frank Straub has allowed for the adverse SPD Culture to flourish.
As a way of demonstrating the Lesser BWC Video is just the tip of the iceberg I am providing copies of a few of the PRRs I have submitted which are being slow walked by SPD using the “Fade and Forget” strategy.
This isn’t just an African American issue it is an issue for everyone!
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!
The link below is the recorded interview of SPD PACT Sgt. Kurt Vigesaa who is a close friend of Chief Craig Meidl both having come to SPD from the Ellensburg PD. The interview was conducted during the supposed independent investigation of a complaint made to City Human Resources by Detective Lonnie Tofsrud against PACT leader Lt. Dave Staben and from my perspective provides a treasure trove of information Tofsrud’s lawyers will be using if his 2-million-dollar lawsuit against the City goes to Court and isn’t settled prior to trial. It isn’t long by most recorded statement standards, as a matter of fact it is relatively short, but some readers will likely consider it to long to bother with however I’m providing it for those who have a real interest in the dysfunction going on at SPD.
As far a an HR Investigation being “independent”, that never happens and Human Resources Directors , like Christine Cavanaugh perceive their job as being to protect whichever Administration hired them gave them a great salary and benefits which they don’t want to screw-up, and one of the reasons many people are concerned that Meghann Steinolfson, of the Cotton/Straub Affair will be appointed to Cavanaugh’s position when Cavanaugh leaves City Employment.
The very first clue to me that this HR Investigation was far from “independent” is when the recording was opened by Jacqui MacConnell the SPD Director of Strategic Initiatives the former Arizona Cop who was hired to oversee SPD IA and provide a Civilian Voice in the IA Process. The record is quite clear that MacConnell has NOT provided that “Civilian Voice” the Public was led to believe would be one of the big changes since the Otto Zehm case.
The presence of MacConnell to oversee the interview of Vigesaa is very, very telling.
If you listen to the interview you will find that Vigesaa goes to great lengths to pump his own tires and his “teams” tires, while at the same time maligning SPD Targeted Crimes Unit and calling Detective Tofsrud a liar over and over without the least bit of proof or legitimate follow-up questions by HR Investigator Jennifer Jackson.
As you can see from the emails below Chief Craig Meidl thought the HR Investigation was the greatest thing since sliced bread.