You hit the nail right on the head. I commend you for your courage for bringing this up, and I am sure upper management will target you for your audaciousness. What is interesting about this current information is that it has stalled. This is probably because there is information to be acted upon and individuals to be called in that will affirm what you have just said. It is obvious that the scope of this investigation was specifically tailored to contain the payroll fraud with Roger Smith even though the auditors expressed that he had to have coconspirators.
Who are the coconspirators?
- Are there any more top administrators involved?
- Are there any witnesses that are willing to come forth and testify that they have proof of a conspiracy?
- Does anyone from the city manager’s office possesses knowledge of or witnessed this?
- Did the city manager’s office and the finance department provide the PD investigator with all of the evidence including the Excel spreadsheet and the Outlook calendar or is this whole investigation contrived?
I am sure Roger Smith and his attorney would love to get their hands on a copy of the manuscripts of this investigation at its conclusion. The city better not try to whitewash this no matter how far up the administrative ladder the collusion may take them or Mr. Smith may become a very rich man.
Interestingly, the city may have been willing to sacrifice innocent individuals and damage their reputation and feed the auditor information to supply a pound of flesh to the council and close the door on something that is probably much more pervasive. It would seem that the city would have looked into the city’s email server and backup servers to find out who was out of the office yet being paid as if they were here. Select key word searches like “vacation”, “sick”, or “I will be out of the office from” on all exempt employees throughout the city over the past 12 years would render all of the data needed to composite a spreadsheet that could be compared and correlated with the archived payroll records for those individuals. This would show if the server said they were away on sick time & vacation while the payroll indicated that they were being paid for being here. Then you could compare that information with their current accrued leave balances and all the times they sold time back during their career. This may reveal that there is millions of dollars of administrative leave that has been issued systemically. Then they can ask Ken Parker if he approved this or was he unaware that all of his staff was away on leave that he approved. It is surprising that Ted Noftall has not connected these dots yet.
With the I.T. Director retiring recently under what many have speculated as duress one might wonder what the state of the city servers are like. There has appeared to be a lot of work and down time on these servers in the past year and hopefully all archived city records have been preserved and there is nothing underhanded going on. It is apparent to many employees that historical information access on the servers has been reduced in the past year and hopefully all of that information has been preserved on backup servers. The bottom line is if the city council does not want the perception of a whitewash to prevail they need to ensure that all of these things are looked into immediately.
The Indomitable Witness