Santa Rosa’s city manager is recommending the entire City Council readopt its code of conduct and undergo additional training in the wake of the investigation into whether Councilman Gary Wysocky created a hostile work environment at City Hall.
Kathy Millison informed the council of her recommendation Monday and publicly disclosed it Thursday, a week after the revelation that the six-month investigation had recently been concluded.
Millison made the recommendation in consultation with the outside attorney who conducted the investigation, Morin Jacob, in part to demonstrate the council’s commitment to maintaining a positive work environment for its employees, she said.
Santa Rosa City Council members have publicly had nothing but praise for City Manager Kathy Millison since she announced her retirement earlier this year. But on Tuesday night, as they described the qualities they would like to see in a new city manager, several council members made it clear they are hoping the next top executive will bring a new type of leadership to the city.
Santa Rosa officials have agreed to consider expanding the Roseland annexation area but not enough to include the neighborhood where 13-year-old Andy Lopez was killed by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy.
The six-month investigation into whether Santa Rosa City Councilman Gary Wysocky created a hostile work environment at City Hall is over, but details of the probe remain secret because neither city officials nor Wysocky would release its findings.
Santa Rosa’s open government task force, formed in response to criticism that city decision-making lacks transparency, opened its inquiry Thursday with a wide-ranging discussion about what open government means, where the city has fallen short and how the panel should explore areas for improvement.
Santa Rosa took a major step toward the annexation of Roseland on Tuesday when the City Council agreed to spend nearly $1.2 million to officially make the southwest neighborhood part of the city.
Former Santa Rosa City Councilman John Sawyer filed official papers Friday in a bid to regain a seat on the council.
Demolition began this week on the former AT&T building in Santa Rosa, the first step in a long-awaited effort to redevelop the vacant downtown eyesore into a glass-clad office building.
The Santa Rosa City Council unanimously and enthusiastically approved a plan to transform a vacant hospital in Bennett Valley into housing for at-risk young adults despite neighbors’ threats to sue to force additional environmental studies.