May 31st Independent Investigation- Update

investigationmThe team that will be conducting the independent investigation of the May 31 tragedy held a press conference today to discuss the procedure they will be implementing and has established the following ways for individuals to reach out with any information regarding the tragedy:
877-208-5650
virginiabeach@hillardheintze.com

The team is also in the process of scheduling interviews and community listening sessions for both the public and city employees.

Goals of the independent investigation:

1. Understand and determine exactly what happened on May 31 and the events leading up to that day

2. Identify actions that could have prevented or mitigated the tragedy

3. Recommended strategies, tactics, or countermeasures to prevent any future event

The final report will be published to the public and what is published will not be influenced by any City employee nor City official. The investigation team has been given the final say in what information is released in the report. The team has a goal to complete the investigation within 12 weeks. They anticipate being able to update the public every 3 to 4 weeks as the investigation progresses. If you are interested in reviewing the proposal that was submitted by the investigation team (or any of the other proposals) you can do so online. I will post the link as a comment.

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I appreciate the diligence and expediency of the City Auditor for initiating the independent investigation process. The findings of this report will be imperative to the actions of this Council and our community to ensure we never have to endure another tragedy.

 

You can watch the recording of the press conference here:

Author: jessicapabbott

Jessica Abbott was born to two Gulf War Air Force veterans, is a small business owner and has been managing her family’s insurance business since 2008. She graduated from Kellam High School in 2007 and from the American College of Financial Services in 2015 with LUTCF and FSCP designations and is a FEMA-certified flood insurance agent. She has founded two nonprofit organizations for local women, one for teaching self-defense and the other as a networking group for other female entrepreneurs. She was elected to Virginia Beach City Council, and at 27, was the youngest-ever elected official in Virginia Beach and the first Millennial elected to public office in the area. She lives in Indian Lakes with her husband and two children. She serves on the Historic Kempsville CAC, the Elizabeth River Eastern Branch Board, the Process Improvements Board, Food Tuck Subcommittee, the Social Services Board and the Public Library Board. She justifies her votes on major issues on social media and helps keep citizens informed on her Council’s Facebook page https://business.facebook.com/jessicapabbottvb/.

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