It has not yet been publicly divulged whether either will substantiate the accusations against City Manager Gabriel Elliott or Mayor Rich Kerr.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
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Posted:    Feb 12, 2018 at 5:10 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2018 at 5:10 PM

ADELANTO — Separate sexual harassment investigations into the city’s highest-ranking administrator and top public official have been completed, with written reports on each expected “imminently,” a city official said Monday.

It has not yet been publicly divulged whether either will substantiate the accusations against City Manager Gabriel Elliott or Mayor Rich Kerr.

Elliott’s former secretary has said he tried to kiss her. A contract employee recalled feeling uncomfortable as Elliott provided a tour of his home following a restaurant outing.

The city manager, who was placed on paid administrative leave after the allegations surfaced in December, has adamantly denied wrong-doing and suggested Kerr instigated the complaints.

Meanwhile, Kerr was accused around the same time by an intern in her 20s of sending unwanted text messages and an unsolicited gift. He has previously said, “There’s nothing there. It was just innocent, it was taken the wrong way.”

But he also offered to formally apologize to the intern, who is a Victor Valley College student working in the Adelanto’s Community Safety Department.

The expectation right now is the taxpayer-funded reports, being prepared by third-party investigators, will be ready ahead of Wednesday evening’s City Council meeting if not sooner.

The attention will then turn, once again, to Elliott’s seemingly precarious job security.

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