Former Boise Poop Farm Manager Dave Skinner copped a plea on misdemeanor charges of misusing public funds at the Twenty Mile South facility.
To hear the Statesman and mayor tell it, vigilant managers in your local government caused good to triumph over evil.
“Team Dave” leader, Mayor Dave Bieter, told the Idaho Statesman’s Brad Hem, “This case sends a loud and clear message that misuse of taxpayer dollars will not be tolerated and those who do so will be held accountable.” The safeguards that the City Council and I have put into place did what they were supposed to do: brought the wrongdoing to light, and brought the perpetrator to justice.”
The GUARDIAN doesn’t see it that way and neither do the good honest employees working for the City of Boise. They did their best to get things corrected and were thwarted in their efforts to bring honesty and integrity to the work place.
They came to the GUARDIAN with details as a last resort. When we confronted city leaders about the alleged misdeeds they repeatedly told us it was only a “personality conflict.” Later they said it was a “personnel issue,” but only after the GUARDIAN posted details and forwarded documents to councilors did they call for an audit–many months after initial reports.
Team Dave and the Councilors are simply in denial. We don’t think for a minute they were involved or condoned illegal or unethical acts in city departments, but the system they have is simply not working. The city council and purchasing department were not even aware of improper contracts and purchases until we forced the issue.
Finally, the auditor uncovered repeated violations of city policy and state law during the investigation and then resigned in the middle of the mess. HE HAS NOT BEEN REPLACED. Boise’s $150,000,000 annual taxpayer funded spending is without a forensic auditor–a position councilor Vern Bisterfeldt said is, “worth its weight in gold,” following the debacle of the Cole’s administration.
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