The City of Evanston late this afternoon announced the hiring of an outside law firm to investigate all matters related to recently reported allegations of misconduct by Evanston lakefront staff.
The firm, Salvatore, Prescott, Porter & Porter, which has an office in Evanston, will investigate the allegations and the steps taken by the City of Evanston in response, and will provide recommendations to the city.
One of the firm’s founders, Julia Porter, resigned as the Illinois legislative inspector general in 2019 and charged that the legislature has denied the inspector general the independence needed to be effective.
The city news release says the firm specializes in employment law and has extensive experience investigating workplace harassment and counseling clients, including government entities, on strategies to combat such issues.
The announcement comes a day after many speakers during public comment at Monday night’s City Council meeting criticized the city’s response to complaints made a year ago in a petition to city officials by more than 50 lakefront staffers that weren’t publicly revealed until a report by WBEZ radio on July 16.