County officials and the attorneys for Gail Wilcox and David Edge are playing a cat-and-mouse game with a report. If it goes public, the report is expected to answer many of the questions surrounding the recent bout of firings amid a county sexual harassment debacle.
Wilcox’s attorney David Warren is expected to file a formal protest to an investigative report on Wilcox. The county hired Oakland-based attorney Sarah Robertson to investigate Wilcox.
Wilcox was fired on July 14. Immediately after she was fired, County Counsel Warren Jensen announced plans to release a redacted version of the report on July 24. That gave 10 days for anyone who wanted to file a court protest and potentially seal the document again.
Jensen said the delay in releasing the report gave county officials time to redact some names and related information and allowed anyone who wanted to block it to do so: “We don’t think their grounds are valid, but we don’t want to jump the gun … the problem is once you release it you can’t unrelease it.”
Jensen said the county learned of the looming court protest by complete happenstance when Assistant County Counsel Rita Neal heard about it from a court clerk. Warren was scheduled to file the protest nine hours before the county was scheduled to release the report, Jensen said.
A representative from Warren’s office said there are privacy implications that need court review.
Wilcox filed a lawsuit against the county and Edge for sexual harassment shortly after Edge was fired on May 19.
In an e-mail to Jensen and Warren, Edge’s attorney Martin Moroski asked for a full release of the report with no redactions.