The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is reviewing a possible conflict of interest involving James H. Mitsch, the second-ranking official in the Hawthorne city administration, a deputy district attorney said this week.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Candace Beason said the review will examine indications that Mitsch's firm, Centinela Valley Engineering Co., performed surveys in the city, which she said would be a conflict of interest.
As Hawthorne's director of general services and public works, Mitsch, 48, reviews construction projects for developers, who routinely obtain surveys before buildings are constructed.
Mitsch denied that the firm did any surveys in the city.
However, Mitsch, who was ordered by City Manager Kenneth Jue to sever his connection with the firm in 1983, after a Los Angeles County Grand Jury had criticized it as a possible conflict of interest, has acknowledged running the firm for three years after he was told not to.