I posted previously about a series of inappropriate comments that the emergency manager of Hamtramck Cathy Square had said in the workplace; comments that would bring disciplinary action against any other employee in any other workplace in
America. Since then, the Michigan
Department of Treasury, which oversees emergency managers, released the
following statement late last week:
Treasury staff has looked into the matter and discussed the allegations with
Ms. Square. Ms. Square denies making any such offensive
comments. No further action is expected at this point.
First, the fact that she denied everything isn't surprising. I suspect that if anyone asked her about it, Square would deny knowledge of the $1,000 that's reportedly missing from the city treasurer's office.
Second, I have to admit that I am even more troubled by this response from the Michigan Department of Treasury than I am by Square comments.
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I mention this because
Cathy Square is a close, longtime
associate of Kwame Kilpatrick. She served as chief operating officer under him.
She ran much of his operations.
It should not be surprising, therefore, that a close, longtime associate of Kwame Kilpatrick denied any wrongdoing when asked about it. What should be surprising, though, is that no one from Treasury spoke other city hall employees, offered them anonymity, and then asked them if they had ever heard
say such things.
Instead, according the above statement and my conversations with current city hall employees, the investigation ended once Square denied everything.
This is important because if any current or former employees were to file a harassment lawsuit, they would have the right under Michigan Court Rules to subpoena every single city hall employee who interacted with Square on a regular basis. Those employees would then be legally required to answer questions under oath about what they saw and heard.
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Once that were to hypothetically happen, Governor Rick Snyder as well as State Treasurer Kevin Clinton, and other officials within the Michigan Department of Treasury would be placed in the position of having to explain why they chose to end an investigation simply because a close, longtime associate of Kwame Kilpatrick denied any wrongdoing.
And that is a position I cannot imagine any public official wanting to be in.