“(Las Vegas-based law firm Kamer Zucker Abbott) and David Wall require additional funds to complete the ongoing investigation into complaints of alleged misconduct by the former City Manager. The requested $75,000 will be paid out of the City’s Risk Management Fund,” according to a city staff report. “Additional funds may be included in a future budget augmentation request to increase the amount budgeted in the Risk Management Fund.
“Funds are currently available within the budgeted amount, though an increase for the year may be brought forward to allow for future claims, depending on total estimated for the fiscal year.”
This is the second time funding increases have been requested to investigate allegations against Clinger.
The request comes after the three female complainants are reportedly not going to be interviewed as part of the investigation, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal (RGJ).
“(The complainant’s attorney) put conditions on the interview that aren’t acceptable,” City Attorney Karl Hall told the RGJ.
City Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus wrote the following to a consultant in October:
In July, after receiving a 1 year contract extension from the Council, 3 women made claims of sexual harassment against Mr. Clinger and he resigned under duress. While the claims are still under investigation, there is substantial evidence that Mr. Clinger’s management style fostered a highly disharmonious and unprofessional work environment among the City’s senior staff.”
Clinger was cleared of wrongdoing in an initial investigation, but an attorney for the complainants publicly criticized the investigation, overseen by Hall, as being flawed. That criticism was followed by the additional investigations.
The city refused to make public the results of the first investigation.
“The first investigation won’t be released until the second investigation is complete,” said city spokesman Matt Brown.
The second investigation was originally scheduled to be finished mid-October, but Brown said the city now doesn’t know when it will be complete.
If the additional $75,000 is approved Wednesday, the total for the current investigations is $225,000.
Clinger has said he did nothing wrong.
He resigned in October with an agreement that he not sue the city, but he later threatened legal action against Councilwoman Brekhus for the statement that she made to the consultant, according to the RGJ.
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Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.