Councilman Wiechman issues apology

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Ward 4 councilman David Wiechman issued a public apology at the Feb. 4 City Council study session for accidentally showing a city employee an inappropriate image on his personal iPad.

“For the embarrassment I caused for the employee, city staff, City Council and all the citizens of Lakewood, I do deeply apologize,” he said during the reports portion at the end of the meeting. “I’m deeply

sorry for my mistake.”

According to Wiechman’s statement, the event happened in December. He said that he uses his personal iPad instead of a city provided one to receive his city e-mails, and was having problems receiving those city messages.

“One night before a City Council meeting I was asking an IT employee to help me with my e-mail problem. For some reason when I turned it on a picture came up of a scantily clad celebrity,” he said. “Obviously it was an accident — I was surprised, the employee was surprised. I immediately shut it down, but it was inappropriate.”

The name of the employee is not being released, and several times Mayor Bob Murphy reinforced the fact that the employee’s privacy is of the utmost importance.

Council president Cindy Baroway, Ward 2, said that she has received many complaints about the incident from other council members.

“There has been an extraordinary amount of authentic outrage and indignation from council about this incident,” Murphy said.

Murphy, Baroway and Ward 4 councilman Adam Paul said they appreciated Wiechman’s apology, but that some follow-up should be required.

“We do need to try to figure out how to make this so it doesn’t happen again and look at our policies and procedures and make sure we’re doing and leading the right way,” Paul said. “I do think there should be more discussion.”

Council directed City Attorney Tim Cox to examine the possibilities of discussing any kind of follow-up and further action during an executive session to protect the employee’s privacy, possibly as soon as Monday, Feb. 11.