CARMEL, Calif.- The home of a Carmel city employee is searched by police, while he and a co-worker are put on administrative leave. It's a story police are keeping close to the vest, as we try to get more information.
According to the Carmel Pine Cone, the city's IT manager and a full-time computer tech are on paid administrative leave because of an internal investigation. We went to Carmel in search of answers because were talking about public employees. But it's a story the city isn't saying much about and police are practically mum on the issue.
"I can give you information that we're doing an investigation. I can't tell you who it is and I can just tell you its involving a personnel matter," said Carmel Police Chief Michael Calhoun.
We did learn a search warrant for Carmel IT Manager Steve McInchak was requested from a Monterey County judge last Wednesday. The department's police logs on June 5th, show a three hour investigation, assigned to Carmel's only detective. Chief Calhoun said he's the one who decided to keep this case in house to protect the people involved.
"Why so tight lipped about this one?" said Central Coast News reporter Marissa Pendergrass.
"We're not being tight lipped. It's just that we're in the middle of an investigation," said Chief Calhoun.
Carmel Pine Cone publisher and owner Paul Miller said he's never seen this kind of resistance to sharing information with the public.
"There innumerable types of crimes which are talked about while the investigation is ongoing. So I'm not sure if the story is what's happening with Steve McInchak or whether the story is the cover up at Carmel City Hall," said Carmel Pine Cone publisher and owner Paul Miller.
Mayor Jason Burnett couldn't talk on camera on Friday. But said he and the city council are staying completely out of the investigation and won't tolerate sexual harassment, violence in the workplace, and misuse of public funds in anyway. Burnett said he wants any sort of wrong doing investigated. The Pine Cone said the search warrant took place at McInchak's house in Carmel Valley. Chief Calhoun said this investigation isn't being treated differently than any other.
"No we don't operate differently at all. It's just that we have to make sure that we are protective of the people that can be involved," said Chief Calhoun.
We spoke with someone at McInchak's house and they told me "no comment" and hung up. We put in a request for that search warrant and the Monterey County court clerk said she will have it for us Monday morning. We'll keep you posted on what evidence police may have been searching for or found during that search.