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June 12, 2018 > San Leandro City Manager reinstated

San Leandro City Manager reinstated

Submitted By Jeff Kay

The San Leandro City Council voted on June 4 to reinstate City Manager Chris Zapata effective immediately after an independent investigation found a lack of credibility to allegations of inappropriate conduct by Mr. Zapata against a city contractor.

Mr. Zapata has been on administrative leave since January 23, 2018 pending the completion of the investigation. The investigation, conducted by respected expert Karen Kramer of Kramer Workplace Investigations, concluded that the claims against Mr. Zapata could not be sustained. The five-month investigation included interviews with nine people and the review of hundreds of documents, emails and text messages.

ÒThe City Council has unanimously accepted the findings of the independent investigator. The City Council has also determined that it is appropriate for the City Manager to return to his duties,Ó said Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter. ÒCity Manager Zapata denied all wrongdoing and the investigation concluded that his testimony was credible. We are eager to move forward and strongly advise everyone involved to continue to work together for the betterment of San Leandro. Through his work as City Manager, Chris Zapata has brought many positive changes to San Leandro. We look forward to working with him to maintain that momentum.Ó

A summary of the independent investigation is available through the link below. The summary comprehensively includes all of the relevant findings from the investigation. The full report will be released no later than July 31, 2018. The full report will contain redactions in accordance with State law, including redactions to protect the privacy of third parties who were interviewed or mentioned as part of the investigation.

A copy of the independent investigation summary can be found through the following link:
https://www.sanleandro.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=28592

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