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At the October 3rd City Council meeting, the request to perform a separate Agreed-Upon Procedures engagement and create an Ad-Hoc Committee did not pass. The City will continue to implement various measures to achieve the following goals as it relates to purchasing:

  • Improve purchasing accountability;
  • Enhance transparency; 
  • and build public confidence and trust.

In addition, the Interim City Manager announced that Finance issued a Request for Proposal or Operational Audit Services to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the City's current operating policies and procedures related to citywide purchasing and contract processes. Proposals are due on October 30 by 4:00 p.m.

At the September 5 meeting, the Council authorized the Interim City Manager to sign an engagement letter and retain Ellis Buehler Makus (EBM) LLP to perform an investigation into the allegations of bullying and harassment made against Council Member Jerry Slusiewicz. The conservatively estimated cost for the investigation is $24,000 to $39,000. At this time, the investigation is on hold pending the outcome of negotiations. Council directed staff and the City Attorney to work with outside legal counsel to develop a list of corrective actions in an attempt to avoid incurring costs associated with conducting an investigation. If Council Member Slusiewicz agrees to the corrective actions and maintains compliance with this agreement, the City will not pursue a fact-finding investigation, and essentially save the City money. Read Press Release #2017-014 for more information. 

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