EL CENTRO â€“ At the regular meeting of the IID Board of Directors Vance Taylor, Assistant General Counsel, gave an update to the ongoing email investigation.
â€œThe findings of this investigation,â€ said Taylor, â€œwere that the emails were stolen from President Menvielle. An employee of IID obtained the emails under false pretenses and distributed them. General Manager Kevin Kelley instructed me to turn the matter over to law enforcement.Â The file is with the District Attorneyâ€™s office. The DA is currently evaluating the case to determine if it is appropriate for criminal prosecution. If the DA opts not to prosecute, the Attorney General has expressed interest in the case.â€
â€œI had asked for this to be put on the agenda for an update,â€ said Director Stella Mendoza. â€œIt is my hope that when Director Menvielle and I leave this board, you will continue with the investigation. Whoever was involved in stealing the emails should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I know there are one or two sitting directors that were involved. I hope that anyone involved will be sanctioned. Itâ€™s a crime.â€
Incoming IID Director Bruce Kuhn commented from the public.
â€œThe content of the emails is quite damning,â€ said Kuhn. â€œIf this investigation goes as far as you are asking, it could turn around on the parties in the emails.â€
Michael Morgan, Brawley, also commented.
â€œYour staff that is doing the investigation was part of the conspiracy,â€ said Morgan. â€œThe emails are public documents. Please consider carefully what you are asking. Youâ€™re trying to punish a whistleblower.â€
President Menvielle expressed the same desire to punish the IID employee that allegedly stole the emails.
â€œTime will tell,â€ said Menvielle.
â€œYou need to get outside counsel to determine if the IID Board can be run by a General Manager, General Counsel, and two lawyers,â€ said Morgan. â€œYou need to know if that is in the benefit of the public before you hurt an employee of the IIDâ€™s career.â€
The Desert Review published some of the emails in question.
The content of the emails have brought into question some potential violations of the Brown Act, some IIDÂ business outside of the IID Board meetings, and possible tampering with the ImperialÂ Valley Grand Jury.