Probe widening in Richmond City Hall

Richmond has hired a Sacramento-based law firm to investigate a city employee’s allegations that the second-in-command at City Hall used public employees and facilities to enrich herself with a trinket business operated on city property.

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The complaint also alleges that the assistant city manager, Leslie Knight, who oversees the city’s human resources department, used intimidation and reprisals to squelch complaints about her activities.

Knight declined comment last week, citing the personnel issues and an ongoing investigation. Knight has won high praise since coming to Richmond from the county in 2005.

Stacie Plummer, 43, a city employee for more than two decades, prompted the investigation by circulating a 59-page complaint, including photographs, to top city officials and county, state and federal investigators.

We will have a full story tomorrow. We hear that multiple interviews were conducted at City Hall today.

Robert Rogers