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Independent Investigation Clears BLP of Whistleblower Allegations


Statement from Mike Westbrook, Chair of the Grand Haven BLP

Concluding a comprehensive four-month investigation, Michigan-based law firm Foster Swift determined that all allegations leveled by a recent whistleblower against the BLP were not substantiated. Grand Haven City Council contracted an unbiased, third-party investigation after a BLP employee approached the City through an attorney last September with allegations of misconduct.

The BLP and staff conduct its affairs with integrity beyond reproach. As a publicly-owned organization, we adhere to the highest standards and clear processes for transparency and accountability. The independent findings from Foster Swift’s unbiased and thorough investigation align with the high expectations we hold for each and every member of our team.

In regards to allegations around employee opposition to the proposed charter amendment, it’s important to note that I am proud of our team members for taking a stand in what they believe in and for exercising their first amendment rights while following the law. Our team and the community at large have sent a clear message of trust in the BLP and the value of public power. We value that trust immensely and will continue to earn it through transparent operations and excellence of service.

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