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Santa Rosa to consider release of report on Gary Wysocky

Santa Rosa City Council members received dozens of pages of documents over the weekend related to the investigation of complaints against Councilman Gary Wysocky.

Now they must decide what to do with them.

Mayor Scott Bartley, who filed the initial complaint against Wysocky, has called for the release of all documents related to the investigation as long as it would not compromise the privacy of city staff.

He says Wysocky's selective disclosures about the investigation have given the public an inaccurate picture of the incident that triggered it - an argument Wysocky and City Attorney Caroline Fowler had at City Hall Oct. 29.

"It's already been compromised," Bartley said Monday of the investigation's confidentiality. "So I think the way to make it right is to release the whole thing."

On Saturday afternoon, council members received about 40 pages of documents from Morin Jacob, the San Francisco attorney who conducted the probe, Bartley said.

The documents are confidential because they involve personnel matters and attorney-client communications, Bartley said, citing Jacobs' advice. The council would need to waive those privileges for the documents to be released to the public, a move the council will decide Tuesday.

The documents include a 30-page report from Jacob and three three-page letters she sent to Bartley, Wysocky and Fowler at the conclusion of the investigation. Some information has been redacted from the documents, Bartley said.

Wysocky on Monday said he had yet to read the documents in their entirety, citing a busy weekend, his private CPA practice and need to prepare for the upcoming budget discussion, which also takes place Tuesday.

"I am going to look at the budget as well. That's a higher priority," he said.


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