Who’s running SLO County?
May 12, 2009
By KAREN VELIE
San Luis Obispo County’s top two administrators are currently missing in action, and county employees have been ordered not to discuss their absences.
Monday, a source told CalCoastNews that County Administrator David Edge had stepped down following allegations of sexual harassment leveled by Assistant County Administrator Gail Wilcox. Our source alleged that the Board of Supervisor’s closed session discussion on May 8 regarding the allegations had resulted in the pair being placed on paid administrative leave.
“No one in the office is permitted to discuss Edge or Wilcox’s absences,” said a woman who answered the county administration office telephone and who identified herself as “Julianne.” She then refused to give her full name or spell her first name. “I have been directed to transfer all calls about this to the Board of Supervisors. The board has directed staff to transfer any calls to (Bruce) Gibson’s office.”
Gibson’s Legislative Assistant Sherri Aispuro (who also refused to give her full name or spell her first name), said Wilcox is currently on paid administrative leave and that as far as she knew, Edge was on vacation. Aispuro said she was not aware of when or why Wilcox had been placed on leave.
“I think Edge is back East at his son’s graduation,” Aispuro added.
Edge and Wilcox have been in the news before. In June, CalCoastNews revealed a cozy mortgage relationship between Wilcox and attorney and a prominent county vendor, attorney Clay Hall, in a deal approved and defended by Edge.