So Dick Kelton, the range riding ICMA hack who short listed Kisela into his present position believes there was a “lack of forthright communication from the Purchasing Office to senior management“ I’ll bet he does.
This report was commissioned for the sole purpose of
- assigning all responsibility to mid level employees and below, And
- eliciting sympathy for Kisela, Saunders, Gurnee and Yarborough because bad junior employees did not tell them this or that.
Kelton’s report not un-expectantly failed to consider even for a moment why Finance did not realize that all purchases after Dec 11th 2013 were made with un-authorizied funds …….. until it was supposedly discovered on April 3rd 2014
Nor does it touch with a 10 foot pole why Kisela waited 2 weeks to inform his Finance director, Comptroller and even the City Attorney of this un-authorized spending and a further 2 weeks to inform Council …. Now that is a real lack of forthright communication.
The only honest admission in Kelton’s report is that “ the City’s financial software system is not being fully utilized “
AND IF he wanted to communicate forthrightly on that point he should have added that was because neither the Finance director nor the Comptroller possess the requisite ability to design, implement and monitor those controls that are required, And that the financial software system is capable of providing.
BUT HE did not want to communicate forthrightly, instead he wanted to communicate some sympathy for his old life saver buddy who “knows nothing “ because the bad guy in purchasing did not tell him anything.
The notion that Kisela and his Finance director and Comptroller should escape direct responsibility for their non-feasance in not having systems in place to detect un-authorized spending at the insistence it is requested because they have each reached their level of incompetence is an insult to the taxpayers of Port Orange.
From: Ted Noftall [mailto:Ted@TedNoftall.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 2:00 PM
To: Hank Springer; ‘nelan’
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; Bob Ford; Dennis Kennedy; email@example.com; Drew Bastian; Mayor Green
Subject: Covering-up the Cover-up
What is wrong with the Port Orange city Council that they are permitting Kisela to attempt to cover-up the cover-up of deceit by employing the ex Manager and current ICMA Range Rider Dick Kelton who recommended Kisela to the City of Port Orange in the first place to investigate deception and other wrongdoing on the part of the overpaid, under qualified ex-managers Kisela has installed as the directors of Finance and Utilities.
While such action on the part of Kisela is improper, unethical and likely illegal, I do understand his motivation. He wants to delay and cover up the rank incompetence and deceit of the MIT’s ( Managers in Trouble ) that he hired to likely collect his lifesaver award. I get Kisela only too well.
But what of Council. What is wrong with them? To a man they must know that if you want to get the truth out of anyone in circumstances such as these you put them under oath and record their deposition.
That could be done by suppertime with one call to the Sheriff’s office. But that is not going to happen just like it did not happen with the water billing debacle with the former Manager and his Finance director 2 years ago. Kisela is right up to his armpits in deceiving Council by his own omission and should be removed from this investigation.
To learn this morning that Allen, Dennis, Don, Bob and Drew knew of Kisela’s plan before last evenings Council meeting AND SAID nothing at that meeting is beyond distressing. Their silence last evening was their tacit approval for a Manager right up to his armpits in deceiving the People that Council is supposed to represent to get started on covering up the cover-up.
As many of you know I have collected largely useless bull sh$t answers from Finance and the Manager’s office for years and for the most part that is exactly what those answers have been. BUT THERE was one instance when Finance told the truth and was the day the Comptroller was placed under oath and questioned by Warren Pike’s attorney in his public hearing before the City’s Civil Service Board.
To say the answers given that day were a lot more forthright would be an understatement.
In Council cannot find backbone enough to insist that the Sheriff’s office conduct depositions of these deceitful phonies, let them at least save Kelton the drive down from Jacksonville and have Saunders and Yarboroughs wives conduct the investigations — after all they know them better than Kelton AND the results will be just as believable.