to: Margaret Roberts, City Attorney
As legal counsel to the elected representatives of the people I feel the following needs to be brought to your attention for a thorough review and analysis in preparation for discussion at this Tuesday’s Council meeting
- On May 12th 2014 the former Purchasing manager Tom Cinefro was asked by his boss the Finance director Wayne Saunders to provide an outline of the Sunstate/ Unauthorized spending debacle.
- Cinefro submitted his memo to Saunders on May 13th at 10:23am ( Summary memo – attached )
- 23 minutes later at 10:46am on May 13th Saunders instructed Cinefro to come to his office to discuss same, AND at 1:47 pm that day Cinefro forwarded a “revised” memo to Saunders. ( Revised Summary memo – attached )
- In an e-mail to Shannon Lewis ( Lewis e-mail – attached ) on May 27th 2014 Cinefro alleges that Saunders ordered him to alter the Summary memo that would be relied on heavily in the subsequent investigation of the $ 411,000 un-authorized spending in 4 important regards including omitting reference to procedures that were not followed.
At best Saunders action, on which the manager’s office was appraised and appears to have taken no action of which anyone has been appraised, is suspicious and in need of explanation.
If Cinefro’s allegations are substantiated not only is the Kelton report itself suspect having been prepared by the ICMA range rider who shortlisted Kisela to his current position, BUT THE material considered in that report assuming any material was considered at all could be equally suspect.
Council and the people they were elected to represent need to understand; why Saunders ordered Cinefro to alter his memo in a matter in which deceit was already manifest, AND the legal exposure Saunders actions have created in ordering a subordinate to alter documents before he was terminated.
They also need to understand if further investigation needs to be initiated to determine if legal action is appropriate regarding deception in which the Manager’s office now appears to be implicated.
Thank you for considering this most important matter.