Oakland City Auditor Roland Smith (pictured) has asked Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff to find out who told the Oakland Tribune that he was the subject of a sexual harassment and hostile workplace investigation. Orloff said he forwarded Smith’s requst to the grand jury, which will decide if a leak probe is necessary, according to the AP. The Oakland Tribune on Jan. 23 ran a story by Heather MacDonald that said an outside firm was hired to investigate Smith. “Several members of the office said they witnessed Smith making inappropriate comments to a female member of the staff while requiring her to go to lunch with him,” MacDonald wrote in the Jan. 23 story. Smith, who is running for re-election June 6, contends that whomever tipped off the Tribune violated state law requiring personnel matters to remain confidential.

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