Investigation underway after South Lake Tahoe council-member accused of violating the law
An investigation is underway after a numerous allegations of "multiple violations of law" surfaced about a South Lake Tahoe council-member, according to spokeswoman Tracy Sheldon.
On Monday, April 16, Acting City Manage Jeff Meston directed South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler to communicate with the El Dorado District Attorney and provide information needed to initiated an investigation into the claims from fellow councilwoman Brooke Laine.
Mayor Wendy Davis released the following statement's regarding the multiple allegations:
On April 14th, Brooke Laine, a fellow South Lake Tahoe City Council member, publicly brought forth serious accusations and allegations against our City leaders. Because of the gravity of Ms. Laine's allegations, I, as Mayor, believe I have a duty to ensure that the claims that the City Council, City Clerk, previous City Manager, Acting City Manager, previous City Attorney, Interim City Attorney, and indeed any city employee has violated the law are fully and adequately investigated. I have therefore recommended that the Police Chief communicate with the El Dorado District Attorney and provide information needed to initiate an investigation into the numerous allegations that "multiple violations of law have occurred." I have no doubt that the results of this investigation will plainly show that Ms. Laine's accusations are misguided and untruthful.
I believe that a thorough and independent investigation will provide the community, the City Council, City staff and other elected and appointed officials facts and truth as opposed to opinion and biased conjecture. I am saddened and disappointed that Ms. Laine holds these damaging opinions. I have no doubt that the results of this investigation will plainly show that Ms. Laine's accusations are misguided and untruthful.
A letter sent to the El Dorado District Attorney's Office from Police Chief Brian Uhler revealed that Ms. Laine stated the following: "multiple violations of law have occurred in closed session, often relating to discussions involving personal attacks on non-agenda issues. The interim city attorney and the politicians engaged in the violations refused to cease the unlawful discussions, even when asked to do so to avoid continuing the unlawful conduct."
You can read the full letter below:
Kerry served as city manager for five and a half years and was employed by the City of South Lake Tahoe for nearly 10 years.
A reason was not provided for Kerry's departure.