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Costa Mesa hires investigator to look into an employee suicide

Officer Cristina Goodfellow of the Costa Mesa Police Department kneels beside a memorial for city maintenance worker Huy Pham at Costa Mesa City Hall

The city attorney has hired an outside investigator to conduct a second investigation into the suicide of a city worker, officials confirmed Thursday.

Officials want an outside firm to examine the evidence in case there is litigation related to the death.

The city will work with former Secret Service agent Ron Williams' Costa Mesa-based company, Talon Executive Services, to limit the city's exposure to possible lawsuits related to the suicide of Huy Pham, 29, who jumped from the roof of City Hall to his death on March 17.

Talon Executive Services lists litigation support and corporate investigations as among its services, according to the Daily Pilot. City officials would not say how much the company is charging and a copy of the contract between it and Jones & Mayer was not made available.

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-- Joseph Serna, Times Community News

Photo: Officer Cristina Goodfellow of the Costa Mesa Police Department kneels beside a memorial for city maintenance worker Huy Pham at Costa Mesa City Hall. Credit: Kent Treptow / Daily Pilot

 
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