Seattle mayor’s missing texts report has yet to materialize | US government and politics

SEATTLE (AP) – A full report on missing text messages from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan from a period during last year’s racial justice protests has yet to be released as Durkan prepares to step down – and officials do not say when he will.

It has been more than a year since the city’s attorney’s office hired a private contractor to analyze the problem and more than five months since the office announced plans to share the contractor’s completed report, The Seattle Times. reported.

The Crypsis group continued to bill the city for its work and had been paid $ 407,000 as of November 29. The city attorney’s office said that was up from $ 201,000 as of July 31.

But the office couldn’t say this week when the report would be available or what is taking so long.

“I have no further details to share at this point,” said Dan Nolte, spokesperson for City Attorney Pete Holmes. Holmes is also leaving his post at the end of this month.

A spokesperson for Durkan said the mayor’s office had nothing to add.

The forensic report could be not only a source of information for the public, but also for several lawsuits against Seattle over the city’s handling of the protests and unrest in mid-2020.

The city attorney’s office hired Crypsis to help him defend himself because Durkan’s texts were not kept from late August 2019 to late June 2020.

The texts of at least eight other officials, including the city’s fire and police chiefs, were also not kept from overlapping periods with June 2020, when the police used tear gas and dropped out. their neighborhood is, and when the first of two fatal shootings occurred in an area on Capitol Hill temporarily caved in to protesters.

The mayor’s office knew in August 2020 that its texts were missing and the city’s prosecutor’s office hired Crypsis in November 2020. But the information was not made public until May 2021, when the Ethics Commission and Seattle election released a whistleblower survey. report.

Durkan said she believed her texts were kept while acknowledging that the way document requests were handled “did not comply” with state law.

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