TURLOCK -- The City Council made peace Tuesday night by turning down a formal investigation of Councilwoman Mary Jackson, whom some accused of leaking names of city manager finalists to the public.
Councilman Ted Howze asked his colleagues to pledge to keep confidential information private in the future and to conduct an investigation if a leak occurs in the future.
"Let's put the past behind us," Howze said.
Mayor John Lazar and council members Kurt Spycher, Amy Bublak and Jackson echoed Howze.
"I think this is a beautiful opportunity to set the reset button," Spycher said. The resolution brought applause from the audience.
Lazar wrote a memo detailing his investigation of the allegations against Jackson. Lazar said he twice spoke with Jackson and others "associated with the allegations" and found no wrongdoing, according to the memo obtained by The Bee through a California Public Records Act request.
Rumors of Modesto Police Chief Roy Wasden's candidacy were widely circulated after The Bee wrote that Wasden was at Turlock City Hall during city manager interviews. A Bee reporter spotted him there April 28. Wasden did not deny it, saying only that it was not "appropriate" to comment.
The council named Wasden city manager at its May 12 meeting, with Lazar, Howze and Spycher voting to appoint Wasden. Jackson voted "no" and Bublak, a Modesto police officer, abstained from voting.
Friday was Wasden's first official day on the job.
Bee staff writer Merrill Balassone can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2337.