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City News Service just put on the wire an interview today with a spokeswoman from Kroll Inc. It is the first words that have come from the private consultants since Mayor Jerry Sanders threatened retribution if their long-delayed investigation into city finances wasn’t released soon.

Here’s an excerpt:

New issues need to be resolved before a long-awaited report on San Diego’s finances can be released, although that should occur in “short order,”‘ an executive of the firm conducting the city-mandated probe said today.

“It’s not all on us that we’ve had to delay this report,” Jodie Rosenbloom, a spokeswoman for Kroll Inc., a New York-based risk management firm, said in a telephone interview.

Oh, and by the way, normally it’s the direct consultants working on the San Diego job that have been talking to the media. This is the first time an official spokesperson has gotten involved. Read on:

Rosenbloom declined to elaborate on what she called “recently raised

issues that have come to our attention” but said they could not be resolved “in isolation” and that the firm is working with the “appropriate parties” to address them.

Mayor Jerry Sanders yesterday told the City Council that Kroll is “holding

our city hostage” in not issuing its findings, which were first expected last

December and subsequently delayed several times.

“We weren’t hired to appease any city officials,” Rosenbloom said.

She also is quoted as saying:

“I am very confident that we’ll be filing the report in very short order.”

ANDREW DONOHUE

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