Garden Grove City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to waive their attorney-client privilege in an ongoing Orange County District Attorney investigation into potential nepotism in the hiring of former Mayor Bruce Broadwater’s son and into a job deal for the former fire chief.
The Orange County District Attorney’s office is taking legal action against the city of Garden Grove over “alleged Brown Act violations and other possible criminal misconduct” related to the hiring of the former mayor’s son as a firefighter and a secret employment deal with its former fire chief.
The mayor is calling on the OC District Attorney and state Attorney General to investigate a city contract that gave former Fire Chief David Barlag a two-year position at full salary in exchange for him dropping undisclosed legal threats against the city.
He once said he disapproved of his son’s hiring by the fire department and vowed to change the city’s nepotism policy. But now Mayor Bruce Broadwater won’t comment on reports of his son’s poor job performance.