LA prosecutor used staff for baby-sitting, errands

first_img The disclosure about his staff came just days after Delgadillo held a press conference where he acknowledged that he periodically allowed his wife Michelle to drive his city-owned GMC Yukon. Michelle Delgadillo, 36, had a suspended driver’s license when she drove the vehicle. In 2004, she damaged the SUV by backing into a pole. The city attorney had the Yukon repaired at city expense. After some government watchdogs accused Delgadillo of misusing public funds, on Monday he said he had decided to reimburse the city for repairs. Michelle Delgadillo was in court Wednesday for additional legal troubles. She pleaded no contest to driving without a valid license in connection to a 1998 traffic citation. She was ordered to serve a year of probation and to pay roughly $500 in fines and penalties.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The city’s top prosecutor, already under scrutiny for having allowed his wife to drive his city-owned vehicle, has used members of his staff to run personal errands and baby-sit his two young children. A spokesman for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo confirmed that staff members have attended to some family and personal needs, but on their own time or lunch breaks. “On occasion, city staff members – some of whom the city attorney has known for many years – have watched the Delgadillos’ children on their own personal time,” said a statement released by Delgadillo’s office. “On rare occasions, city staff have run errands for the city attorney on their lunch breaks or other personal time.” Staff members were personally paid by the Delgadillos, but sometimes declined payment, the statement said. Nick Velasquez, a Delgadillo spokesman, said the favors sometimes coincided with business hours, but the employees used personal time. According to the Municipal Code, city officials shouldn’t use their positions or power of authority to “induce or coerce any person to provide, directly or indirectly, anything of value which shall accrue to the private advantage, benefit, or economic gain, of the city official or employee, or of any other person.” Los Angeles City Ethics Commissioner Bill Boyarsky said that even if employees did such work on their own time it was wrong of Delgadillo to use them. He said employees might feel coerced into volunteering out of fear the boss may retaliate. “When you’re a public official you should not use your cars, your staff or any public resources for personal reasons,” he said. “It’s really outrageous. Even in private life that’s not right.”last_img

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