Statement from Mayor London Breed on Investigation Launched by the City Attorney and Controller
San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today issued the following statement following the announcement by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Controller Ben Rosenfield that they have launched an investigation into the allegations made against Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru:
“While the investigation into the allegations against Mohammed Nuru is ongoing, we do know a serious breach of the public trust has occurred. We also know that we can and must take action to root out any illegal activities or ethical violations that have taken place in the impacted departments and in the City of San Francisco. Nothing matters more than restoring the public trust in our government. Our residents deserve it, and the hard-working men and women of our city deserve it. This requires us to not only hold anyone involved in any illegal or unethical actions accountable, but also to do the work to prevent corruption from occurring in our City.
I want to thank the City Attorney and the Controller for laying out a clear and comprehensive plan to investigate any departments impacted by these federal charges, and for committing to fully investigate any related issues they come across. I encourage the City Attorney and Controller to follow every lead, every dollar, and every complaint, and to make policy recommendations to help prevent future wrongdoing. If laws were violated, we will hold people accountable. If reforms are recommended, we will implement them. We will undertake whatever administrative and legislative changes necessary to strengthen our departments to safeguard against this happening again. We will act swiftly, but we will also act with clear vision and a full understanding of the facts.
I will issue a directive to every Department in this City to cooperate fully with this investigation, and to commit any resources necessary to comply with any requests from the City Attorney and the Controller. I will accept nothing less than a thorough and independent investigation, and we will do everything in our power to support that investigation.”