Wilcox’s person X still a mystery

July 27, 2009

Attorneys continued to battle over the release of the investigation report that led to the firing of Assistant County Administrator Gail Wilcox in court earlier today.

Judge Barry LaBarbera said he needed time to read the report before moving forword with a decision, and depending on how fast he reads, the identity of person X could be released later today

“I need to make a knowing, balanced decision,” LaBarbera said. “I am in a quandary here.”

Wilcox’s attorney David Warren argued that the report contained personal information that could damage his client’s sexual harassment suit against former county administrator David Edge and the county.

“I feel it (releasing the report) will adversely affect Mrs. Wicox’s rights to a fair trail,” Warren said.

County Counsel Warren Jensen contended that the county has a duty and a public responsibility to respond to the public records requests to see the report as “soon as possible.”

Edge’s attorney Martin Moroski said that all should be released pointing at the “steamy” sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Wilcox.

The board of Supervisors elected in close session to fire Wilcox earlier this month after they say she had a personal relationship that conflicted with her work duties.


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By: starvingmexican on 7/28/09

Holy Sweet Jesus,are you indicating that she might be GAY?

By: OsborneCox on 7/28/09

In an exclusive report, the Tribune is reporting the person was Tony Perry of the Deputy Sheriffs Association.

By: NorthCountyGuy on 7/28/09

It was concluded 20 years ago that LaBarbara was/is the biggest behind-the-scenes crook in SLO County. That was long before he finagled an appointment to the bench. LaBarbara had to be appointed because smart voters rejected him.

By: rogerfreberg on 7/27/09

AaAaah, so there is a ‘code of the hills’ among local attorneys? Maybe so, but as most judges know… their decision isn’t always the final one especially if someone goes outside of our little county.

As for whether or not anyone ‘diddled’ Vic is not the specific person in question. The person or persons ‘rumored’ are still most alive, well and their continued interactions with the county is the real question.

It seems rather silly to try to withhold a document that is bound to be released in it’s entirety. San Luis is not an island anymore.

By: HonestyPlanet on 7/27/09

Mr….or Msrs. X will be interesting enough. In the current economic climate, it might be a whole lot more interesting to know how much this Peyton Place re-run is costing the tax payers. Let’s start with Wilcox’s salary and benefits, what she was paid while on leave, what the mysterious report cost, and what the county has spent on outside counsel…

One last thought, if someone sues for sexual harrasment, is sexual advancement a valid defense?

By: RatPatrol1967 on 7/27/09

Little birds have been telling me her attorney has EVERY reason to keep this report sealed. If anyone else has dealt with small, local governments and S.L.O. County judges knows one thing; every judge and attorney in this county discuss each case behind closed doors and out of earshot of their clients. They have a ‘code’ among that group of law school graduates to protect each other. I think the judge knows ‘person X’ very, very well, and this could possibly a conflict of interest. Something Ms. Wilcox was sure of, when she played her trump card in this wicked, winding game of arrogance and power. The rumor that it is Vic Holanda, because he retired so early & so fast, I find without merit. Based on that logic, is Ms. Wilcox having an affair with the other 6 people that recently retired from the county, some before schedule? 2 of them were women in high-level positions…..oh, oh…..maybe that is it! This could get really racy!

By: rogerfreberg on 7/27/09

Well, I really don’t see how this would really influence Ms. Wilcox from getting a fair civil trial… kinda reminds me of the movie “Liar, Liar” when Jim Carrey protests testimony on the basis that it is ‘devastating’ to his client!

The real importance of releasing the report centers around the other people within her (Wilcox) orbit. For example, if anyone in any negotiation with or within the county was influenced by anything other than Ms. Wilcox’s logic … the public has a right to know who was compromised. This is especially true if the person compromised was representing the interests of others and not just his own interests.

In this instance, doing what is right ethically and what is right by the law happen to be the same… I am sure Judge LaBarbara will hopefully let the chips fall where they may.