The office of City Attorney Marie Elliott claims that former chief operating officer Chris Mitchell has not yet responded to a May 11 letter accusing the former city bureaucrat of ordering the city’s information technology department to clear documents tied to 101 Ash Street and Civic Center Plaza until her sudden resignation.
In late Monday, Eliot’s office said Michelle had not been contacted, despite the city’s request to a former high-ranking official to contact the city’s prosecutor’s office by Monday to “begin the process of identifying and restoring all city documents.”
It is unclear what steps the city prosecutor’s office will take next, but lawyers who oppose the city, in lawsuits related to his transactions 101 Ash and Civic Center want to pounce.
Lawyer Michael Rainey, representing city landlord Cisterra Development, on Friday formally demanded that the “self-aware man” about the city’s allegations and actions around Michelle’s alleged order remove phone and computer records. Rainey also requested relevant records.
And attorney Michael Athanasio, who represents former “volunteer” city real estate counselor Sister paid millions for work on two city rentstold the Voice of San Diego that he plans to summon Michelle to sit down to testify.
Michelle did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
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