SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) – A report released Thursday by San Jose’s independent police auditor found there is no evidence that a member of her staff disclosed confidential information to the former president of San Jose’s police officers union.
Auditor LaDoris Cordell addressed the findings of the investigation, which was conducted by attorney Mike Moye, at a news conference yesterday afternoon.
The investigation was in response to a June 10 San Jose Mercury News Article that reported Bobby Lopez, the former president of San Jose’s police officers union, said he had obtained confidential information from an employee in the office of the independent police auditor concerning complaints about police officers.
The report concluded there is no evidence that any employee leaked information to the San Jose Police Officers’ Association or acted as a spy or informant.
“It is possible that Sgt. Lopez construed casual statements by IPA staff as criticism of office policy,” the report states. “The evidence fails to show that any information was communicated to him with the intent of affecting the independence of the IPA, and there is no evidence that the processes of the office were so affected.”
Cordell said she intends to meet with each member of her staff one-on-one to discuss her vision for the office.
“We look forward to putting this behind us and moving forward,” Cordell said.
Cordell is a retired Santa Clara County Superior Court judge who began her term as San Jose’s independent police auditor in May.
As the independent police auditor, she is responsible for carrying out objective reviews of police misconduct investigations and conducting public outreach.