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Noguez Chief of Staff calls ‘negative publicity disturbing” in first memo to Assessor employees after raids

Noguez Chief of Staff calls ‘negative publicity disturbing” in first memo to Assessor employees after raids

George Renkei, Chief of Staff to the embattled Noguez fired off an email to all Los Angeles County Assessor employees on April 30th, five days after several offices were searched, and evidence gathered in a massive “pay to play” probe that covers at least two different states.

By Brian Hews

Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez has yet to publicly respond to the massive raids that took place by members of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office of Public Integrity two weeks ago but his top staff member is speaking out for the first time in an email exclusively obtained by Los Cerritos Community Newspaper.
George Renkei, Chief of Staff to the embattled Noguez fired off an email to all Los Angeles County Assessor employees on April 30th, five days after several offices were searched, and evidence gathered in a massive “pay to play” probe that covers at least two different states.
Under the subject line “Update On The District Attorney’s Investigation,” Renkei tells employees “I am sure that you have heard or read that on April 25, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office served search warrants on several of our offices. The warrants sought records to an ongoing investigation into allegations of inappropriate activities.”
“Our office has been and will continue to be, fully cooperative with the District Attorney,” Renkei states.
“While the negative publicity about our department has been disturbing, it is particularly unfair to you, the Assessor’s office employees, who are dedicated to serving the public with integrity and professionalism.”
“I am proud of our team and the exemplary work that you do each and every day, and I hope that you are as well,” Renkei said.
“Despite recent events, I am confident that we will continue to provide the same high-quality service that the people of Los Angeles County have come to expect. Keep up the good work, and thank you for your commitment, patience and professionalism,” he concludes.
One employee, who spoke to Los Cerritos Community Newspaper on the condition of anonymity, questioned why Noguez has yet to make “any attempt to talk to his employees about the raids.”
“Noguez is hiding from all of us, and getting emails from someone who just had his office raided is a tad disturbing,” the source said.
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