Lincoln City Mayor Don Williams decided this week to keep an investigative report, aimed at him, out of public view until he could review it. The request for the report came from the city council over allegations of wrongful behavior. They haven’t divulged what that alleged behavior entailed. City Attorney Richard Appicello read a statement written for the record by Mayor Williams’ attorney, that characterizes the report as criminal in nature.
During a short meeting of the council this week, the meeting was convened, with investigator at the podium who was prepared to read his report in full. Mayor Don Williams complained that he had not seen the report and so did not want the report read before the TV cameras that routinely record and then later playback the meetings for the public to observe.
As you will see in the video of the short meeting, the Mayor appears to be somewhat aghast at what was going on – he goes back and forth over whether to release the report to the public – then decides against releasing the report. At that point an Executive Session (private meeting) was called with the private investigator and the full council to review the contents of the report. There have been no public announcements as to what was discussed behind closed doors at the north end of the building, away from the TV cameras.
There has been no speculation by city staff or city councilors as to what the next step will be on the issue.
Here is the video of this week’s first discussions about a report following an investigation of Mayor Don Williams. Drag the video cursor to 4-minutes 50 seconds where the meeting formally begins. Click here.