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.
The investigation stems from an argument Wysocky and Fowler had behind closed doors at City Hall in the tense days following the Oct. 22 shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a sheriff's deputy. Wysocky has acknowledged the conversation with Fowler was "heated" but he claims she also raised her voice and made "false accusations" against him.
Fowler has disputed that characterization. Neither has fully described the substance of the argument.
But it occurred shortly after Fowler and other city officials made the decision to close City Hall at noon because of a Lopez protest planned to begin downtown. The closure forced the cancellation of a financial subcommittee Wysocky serves on, as well as the City Council meeting scheduled for later that day.
Wysocky has made no secret of his disdain for the probe, blasting it as a "trumped up investigation" and "politically motivated circus" and a waste of taxpayers' money.
He has said the investigation concluded he did not violate the city's anti-harassment and discrimination policy, and that he did not retaliate against Fowler in comments to The Press Democrat.
He has also acknowledged that the investigation found he "failed to treat the mayor and City Attorney with respect," a conclusion he rejects.
Wysocky has previously decried the "culture of secrecy at City Hall" and has said he supported greater transparency about the events that transpired. But on Monday he declined to say whether he would support the release of the entire report. He said he was surprised by how long the report was, and wouldn't take a position on its release until he and his attorney had the time to fully review it.