Boise city councilor Vern Bisterfeldt has previously declared the internal auditor was, “worth his weight in gold.” Trouble is we don’t have an auditor and none is on the horizon at present.
The office of internal auditor was set up in the wake of the scandal surrounding former mayor Brent Coles. Coles, and two city staffers were jailed and others quietly resigned over financial irregularities.
Internal Boise City audits have either revealed or assisted in at least two criminal cases which have resulted in arrests of city employees–the Ice World and Poop Farm scandals. In fact, the GUARDIAN has sources who claim more than 90% of all city audits have resulted in “unsatisfactory” performance evaluations. Part of that is because audits are performed when there is suspicion of wrongdoing.
It has been nearly three months since former internal auditor Steve Renn resigned in the middle of the “Poop Farm” audit. We hear of even more items that “turned up missing” at the City’s 4,000 acre farm. Things like generators, trailers etc. The new manager is on board and most of the old players have left the farm for greener pastures.
The GUARDIAN asks rhetorically: “Why hasn’t the mayor and council given some direction to the finance department to hire a new field auditor?” Readers of the GUARDIAN alone could keep a guy busy full-time chasing down irregularities in the Public Works Department!
In our story of MORE POOP ON SEWER PLANT (scroll down to March 11) we told readers that city officials had told us there was no problem. Readers have responded with plenty of allegations to the contrary. We don’t disclose names and many of our readers have blind e-mail boxes, but there seems to be enough smoke for us to think there may be some fire.
While the council has been consumed with detox, skinny houses, county planning, and a library bond, the important task of getting us a new auditor has been ignored.
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