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Press Release

Tracy City Council Works Together to Approve Responses to San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury Report

Posted: Jul 10, 2019
Location: Tracy, Calif.

 At the July 2nd regular Council meeting, the Tracy City Council discussed the findings, recommendations and approved responses to the June 6, 2019 San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury’s report: “Tracy City Council: Restore the Public Trust.” The report contained findings and recommendations on five topics: Ethics Policy, City Council Conduct, Council Vacancy Appointment Process, Impact on Executive Staff Separations, and Council Intrusion in City Operations.

“The Tracy City Council demonstrated great leadership as it deliberated and took action in response to the Grand Jury’s findings and recommendations,” said City Manager Jenny Haruyama. “The Council’s unanimous agreement around the Grand Jury’s recommendations is a reflection of its genuine desire to assure public confidence in the integrity of local government and its fair and effective operation.”

“The City Council is committed to conducting the public’s business in an atmosphere of respect and civility, while implementing good governance practices that promote transparency and collaboration,” Mayor Robert Rickman added.

The San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury’s duty is to address citizens’ concerns regarding the operation of local government entities. This Civil Grand Jury investigation was prompted by multiple complaints it received regarding allegations of misbehavior on the part of Tracy City Council. The Grand Jury’s investigation entailed reviewing various materials such as the agendas, minutes and videos of Council meetings, the Tracy Municipal Code, news articles, and City employee personnel agreements; conducting 17 interviews (in-person and via phone); and attending Tracy City Council meetings. State law requires the City to respond to the Grand Jury’s findings and recommendations within 90 days of receipt of the request.

According to the San Joaquin County Superior Court press release announcing the release of the report, “The Grand Jury identified several recommendations for implementing changes that will ensure a more harmonious and productive City Council, as well as providing additional safeguards for City administrators and staff.”

ABOUT THE CITY OF TRACY
Tracy is centered in a triangle formed by major interstates I-205 to the North, I-580 to the west and I-5 to the east. A collaboration of effort from our elected officials, employees and citizens means Tracy is a clean and safe community where opportunity, growth, and success prosper. We invite you to come for a visit, open your business, and settle down to raise a family in Tracy. Take a look “Inside the Triangle.” You’ll like our pace, and you’ll love the place!

CONTACT
Carissa Higginbotham, Public Information Officer
(209) 831-6102
Carissa.higginbotham@cityoftracy.org
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