Collegedale Mayor Katie Lamb denied that the city has "a culture of cover-up."
She also said officials should leave the issue of whether the city police had a quota system up to the courts.
Mayor Lamb said, "As mayor of the City of Collegedale, I would like to take this opportunity to replyto the allegations of cover-ups of perceived wrong doings within our administration. With the understanding that our citizens are watching how we handle these allegations, I must speak out regarding the integrity of our city leaders and their continued efforts to keep Collegedale one of the best cities in which to live.
"On a daily basis we lead and manage Collegedale, a growing, dynamic and wonderful city. Therefore, I can assure you that the city does not have a culture of cover-up. To the contrary, we are very transparent in all our business transactions despite the unfounded accusations otherwise.
"This transparency,coupled with following best practices in the workplace, helps position the city to continually seize opportunities of positive growth.
"We take any allegation of wrongdoing seriously, but as I commented at our last meeting, we are not trying the lawsuit brought against the city in the media, where accusations and innuendos generate unproductive drama. We will rely on our courts to provide justice to the parties involved.
"With an open mind and possessing the ability to be forward thinking, our group is enthused about the future of Collegedale. We know running the people’s business is a very serious matter. Rest assured, we are guiding the city through prosperous and exciting times.