The Santa Rosa City Council released a previously confidential investigative report into the behavior of Councilman Gary Wysocky on Tuesday and took steps toward censuring him for conduct an investigator determined was disrespectful to Mayor Scott Bartley and city staff.
The move is the latest chapter in the monthslong political drama over complaints filed against Wysocky by Bartley and City Attorney Caroline Fowler over Wysocky's conduct in the tense days following the shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy.
Bartley called the release of the full report necessary because Wysocky already has selectively released information that jeopardized the report's confidentiality and created an inaccurate picture of what transpired and the report's conclusions.
"The damage is done," Bartley said. "I say put it out there and let the public see what we've been talking about."
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Wysocky, who is running for Sonoma County auditor-controller-treasurer-tax collector in the June 3 election, denounced the report as unfair. He said the investigator misled him about the scope of the inquiry and that it was not transparent, citing heavy redactions. He demanded more time to review the report before its release and said he is "reserving my legal options."
"It's such a soap opera for our city," Wysocky said. "This has gone far beyond the tragedy of Andy Lopez and our reaction to it."
Immediately following the decision, the city released the report, authored by attorney Morin Jacob of the San Francisco firm Liebert Cassidy Whitmore. Nine of the 31 pages are fully blacked out with many others containing substantial redactions. Three letters from Jacob, to Wysocky, Bartley and Fowler, are also included, though Fowler's is completely blacked out.
The report focuses on interactions Wysocky had with city staff and Bartley on Oct. 28 and 29. A march was planned for downtown Santa Rosa on Oct. 29.
It is clear Wysocky took issue with Assistant City Manager Jennifer Phillips' Oct. 28 decision to lock the doors of City Hall at noon Oct. 29, while employees continued working and public meetings went forward.
The following day, City Manager Kathy Millison, based on new information about the protests, changed course and opted instead to close City Hall at noon and cancel both a noon meeting and the 4 p.m. City Council meeting.
City staff tried to leave messages for Wysocky, but he apparently didn't get them and arrived by bicycle at City Hall "very irritated" and "noticeably angry," according to one witness, whose name is redacted.
He apparently expressed displeasure to Bartley about not being informed of the change earlier. One witness described both men as "quite agitated." Bartley then said something to Wysocky about having a "personal issue" with something or someone that is redacted.
"Mr. Bartley stated that this comment elevated Mr. Wysocky's anger to another level with Mr. Bartley," the report states.
Wysocky shot back with "That's unfair. How dare you say things like that?" according to the report.
Bartley said he then apologized to Wysocky, citing the stress everyone was under, according to the report.
Wysocky then had a behind-closed-doors discussion with Fowler, a meeting the report indicates he initiated. The two were alone in the mayor's conference room, next to Bartley's office. The entire section of the report that presumably deals with the ensuing argument is blacked out.