“I heard about the rumor this morning,” Neibert said. “I did some checking and investigated ... There is no basis to anything on the site.”
Neibert also said he was disappointed that so many of those posting on the forum were blaming Human Resources Director Mary Jo Pemberton. Neibert said the HR director isn’t the one who would take action in an investigation of wrong doing, but acts at the direction of the city manager.
I’m glad there are residents out there watching, and I take my job to find out more about what’s happening very seriously, doing follow-up investigations to verify rumors and news tips. In the biz we call it exerting “due diligence.” Sometimes journalists get the run-around from public officials while we are following up on rumors, but their duplicity usually comes out eventually. Personally, I can respect a public official or politician who says they can’t comment on an issue but I have no respect for the person who looks me in the eye and lies to me about an issue.