Ethics Complaint Investigation Fully Exonerates Councilors Susan O’Leary And James Chrobocinski

Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County released this morning the final report received from John B. Pound, who was under contract to investigate the ethics complaint filed against Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary and Councilor James Chrobocinski by former Los Alamos resident Patrick Brenner.

Councilor James Chrobocinski

In this report, sent Tuesday afternoon to the Los Alamos County Council, Pound’s findings completely exonerate O’Leary and Chrobocinski of any wrongdoing.

“I’m gratified by the total rejection of all allegations made against me by both the Los Alamos County independent investigation and the New Mexico Secretary of State,” O’Leary told the Los Alamos Daily Post. “I want to thank the many people who stood by me as these baseless allegations were examined and rejected. It’s time to get on with the County’s business.”

O’Leary is referring to the Aug. 15 announcement by New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver that her office had dismissed a complaint filed in May by Brenner’s mother Lisa Brenner against the Los Alamos Future PAC, which O’Leary and Chrobocinski formed during the rec bond election to be transparent with voters.

Chrobocinski also commented today on his vindication.

“I am grateful to have this behind me and to have been completely exonerated. I did feel all along that this would be the outcome as I knew I did nothing wrong. I simply advocated for a cause I believed in,” he said. “But it is always concerning to have something like this going on and have one’s fate in someone else’s hands. It is most upsetting to me that the county wasted so much time and around $15,000 on this frivolous complaint. I look forward to moving past this and to continue advocating for Los Alamos families.”

Final Report:

Following is the complete 20-page report detailing the findings of the investgation into the unfounded ethics complaint:


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