Findings Announced in Investigation of Police Chief Sam Granato
YAKIMA, Wash-- A private attorney hired to investigate claims against Yakima Police Chief Sam Granato has announced her findings.
KNDO received a copy of the report sent to the Yakima City Council by City Manager Dick Zais. It details the attorneys findings.
Nancy Graber is the attorney hired by the City of Yakima. She conducted the investigation into claims filed by Officer Stacy Andrews against Chief Granato. By interviewing Granato, Andrews and other witnesses. She came to the conclusion that Chief Granato did not commit sexual harassment, create a hostile work environment or act in retaliation, as alleged by Andrews.
"According to the independent investigator she did not find enough evidence to corroborate either of those allegations," said Randy Beehler, community relations manager, City of Yakima.
The report does say Granato made a breach of professional conduct. The city manager has now instructed Granato to go through more management training and carefully consider his working relationships.
Granato refuted many of the claims, but wrote that he's learned from this experience.
Andrews and her attorney have received copies of the report, but have yet to make statements.