AWI Sacramento Public Sector Investigations Seminar
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When: Thursday, June 21, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Weintraub Tobin
400 Capitol Mall
11th Floor
Sacramento, California  95814
United States

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This popular, fast-paced, interactive program is designed to introduce participants to the theory and practical skills necessary to investigate allegations of employee misconduct in the public sector. Public sector workplace investigations involve procedural and substantive issues not present in other types of investigations. 

In this seminar, the presenters discuss the issues unique to public sector investigations, along with general investigative planning, interviewing and reporting techniques. Among other things, you will learn how to:

  • Identify public sector issues,
  • Give the proper notifications and admonishments,
  • Conduct defensible interviews and follow-up interviews without violating state laws,
  • Assess credibility,
  • Arrive at a legally defensible decision, and
  • Issue a report to meet the agency’s needs, including evaluating and incorporating documentation gathered during the investigative process. 

Attendees will receive program materials with tips and templates to assist them in their investigations. The seminar runs from 9 am to 4 pm and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Space is limited so register early to secure your attendance.

CE Information

5.5 Hours – California MCLE pending approval
5.5 PDCs – SHRM pending approval
5.5 General HR – HRCI pending approval


Members: $275
Sustaining Members: $137.50
Non-Members: $425

Please note that pre-payment is required. Download a PDF registration form to pay by check, or register online above.


Mary EganMary Egan is a human resource practice manager, a licensed investigator, and an expert witness. She assists local government agencies with human resources, labor relations and organizational effectiveness challenges. As a licensed private investigator, Ms. Egan regularly conducts independent workplace investigations concerning misconduct, harassment, and poor management practices, and serves as an expert witness in human resources and investigation related matters. She uses her negotiation and investigation skills to facilitate strategic planning and interest-based problem resolution. Ms. Egan also assists agencies with problems and deficiencies, and recommends remedial procedures. She is a frequent presenter and trainer for IPMA, CSAC and CSAC HR, the League of California Cities, and other professional organizations. Ms. Egan was on the AWI Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012.


Karen KramerKaren Kramer is an employment law attorney specializing in workplace investigations. Since forming her own law firm in 2000, Ms. Kramer’s practice has focused primarily on conducting personnel investigations involving allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, as well as misconduct and disciplinary matters. She previously litigated employment law matters with Porter Scott and worked as an employment law attorney with LexisNexis. Ms. Kramer’s experience includes testifying during administrative and judicial proceedings regarding completed investigations. Ms. Kramer has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations for public agencies, and is well versed in the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights. She has also conducted many complex and high profile investigations involving high level public employees and elected officials. Ms. Kramer is currently the Vice President of AWI.


Lisa SullivanLisa Sullivan’s diverse experiences during her exceptional 33-year public sector career honed her ability to see across traditional roles and responsibilities and develop innovative yet practical recommendations. Ms. Sullivan has held pivotal positions with the City of Santa Cruz (six years as the Human Resources and Administrative Services Director), Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 (12 years in a variety of key leadership roles), and the City and County of San Francisco (10 years in a variety of upper and operational management positions). She has significant experience in Public Safety and specializes in civilian functions and roles in Police and Fire departments. Ms. Sullivan is also a talented private investigator (State of California license #28436). She conducts all manner of workplace investigations: employee misconduct, discrimination/harassment complaints, executive reference checks, and law enforcement background investigations. Lisa's investigations are professional, independent, efficient, and thorough.

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your seminar registration and do so before Thursday, June 14, your seminar registration fee will be refunded, minus a $50 USD processing fee. To cancel your registration, email Julia Renner at There will be no refunds for cancellations received after Thursday, June 14.

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