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Training investigation underway

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

An investigation into a March training session designed to help staff cope with a majority-female City Council is underway. In a memo to City Council and Mayor Steve Adler, City Manager Marc Ott said that he expects a draft report about the incident this Friday, May 22. The inquiry will be led by Police Monitor Margo Frasier, Labor Relations Ombudsman Tom Stribling and Human Resources Employee Relations Investigator Wendy Riggins. Assistant City Manager Sue Edwards, who is Austin’s only female ACM, will act as the city manager’s office liaison for the investigation. Ott wrote that, since the story came to light, he has “grown concerned that our employees may not know where – or how – to report instances where an outside contractor or trainer might behave in a way that is inconsistent with our values.” Ott also reiterated concerns about the city’s speaker-vetting process. Both of those topics, he said, will be addressed in a discussion with his leadership team, which “will provide clear and direct guidance over the next two weeks.”

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