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City Subpoenas Ex-COO Accused of Ordering Deletion of 101 Ash Records

The city attorney this week issued a subpoena to former city chief operating officer Kris Michell under oath following allegations by the city attorney’s office that the city’s former bureaucracy had ordered the files removed.

Mara Elliott City Attorney’s Office in May accused Michell in order to delete records on city acquisition and touch 101 Ash St. and Civic Center Plaza on its final day at City Hall. The letter followed revelations that Michell had given former city real estate chief Cybele Thompson documents on 101 Ash. Thompson arrived at an April filing with documents that attorneys for former city real estate adviser Jason Hughes at the time said they had not received in response to requests for the city’s discoveries.

Kris Michell / Photo by Sam Hodgson

Pamela Naughton, an attorney representing Michell, noted that her client was not working in the city when she purchased 101 Ash St., a building that has sat empty for all but a few weeks since the city began renting it in 2017.

“(Michell) has complied with the law and will continue to do so,” Naughton wrote in an email to Voice of San Diego.

In a citation dated Tuesday, the city asked Michell to sit down for a deposition later this month. Attorneys also asked for the city’s senior non-elected senior official to provide any documents in his possession related to 101 Ash, Civic Center Plaza and payments Hughes received for his work on the city’s lease. It was revealed publicly last year that the city owners of both buildings paid Hughes $ 9.4 million for his work on the two rents, a revelation which triggered the city’s legal efforts cancel both contracts. Hughes argued that it said several city officials he intended to seek payment for his work on complex city leases.

Hughes’ attorney, Michael Attanasio, said he was also in contact with Michell’s attorney to schedule a deposition where he hopes to find out more about “handling the city of documents and emails he was legally required to keep.”

Elliott spokesman Richard Jackoway confirmed Thursday that the city was cited but the date for the city’s deposition has not yet been confirmed.

Attorney Hughes also separately filed a subpoena in the city Tuesday for a deposition with an unnamed official who could provide details of the allegations raised in the May 11 letter the city gave to Michell and actions related to the city.

Attanasio said Hughes’ lawyers are working with the city to settle a date.

Jackoway declined to comment further on the city’s response or next steps.

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