Mayor clarifies comments on consultant’s survey summary
South Lake Tahoe Mayor Mike Weber on Thursday clarified his comments regarding a summary of a consultant’s survey critical of police department management.
Weber previously said he had not seen a summary of a police “climate survey” until the results were reported in a Tahoe Daily Tribune article May 8.
On Thursday, Weber said he believed he previously received a copy of the summary but didn’t read it.
“At the time, we were dealing with contract negotiations, and I was trying to keep as open a mind as possible,” Weber said Thursday. “When I get something that is anonymous, I take it with a grain of salt.”
Weber said he did not realize the document he received was the same document discussed in the Tribune article until he spoke with City Manager David Jinkens. Weber had asked Jinkens about obtaining a copy of the document referenced in the article.
Weber said he would like to see the full report before identifying and possibly implementing measures to address issues raised in the summary.
Sources have told the Tribune that each member of the council was sent a copy of the summary.
Councilman Bill Crawford said he received a copy of the summary in the past two months. Councilwoman Kathay Lovell also confirmed she received a copy of the summary before publication of the Tribune articles.
Councilman Ted Long said he had not received a copy of the summary.
Councilman Jerry Birdwell was not available for comment Thursday.