from: Ted Noftall 1:42 PM
to Mayor, gkisela, Bob, Dennis, don, Drew
Last evening you mentioned from the dais that at your request we no longer talk outside of Council Chambers.
I was as accepting of your wish as you, simply because if we were still talking what would be the point??
If we were talking this morning I would be telling you that the problem in the Finance department is one of a lack of competence on the part of the CFO and the Comptroller. They have neither the requisite professional qualifications nor the requisite ability to perform the tasks required to prevent Finance from lurching from one crisis to another. Their likelihood of providing a professional budgeting, bookkeeping and financial reporting service, AND designing, implementing and monitoring the ever changing controls required to adequately safeguard taxpayer interests is no greater than their likelihood of flying the space shuttle successfully.
If we were talking this morning you would most likely tell me that you agree with that statement, but what would be the point of that conversation, as you would go right ahead and do as you did last evening which was to provide cover for your Manager and his incompetents in the Finance department, as you did with the former Manager and his incompetents for umpteen years before.
TO BE CLEAR the problem in Finance is not too few well intentioned mid level employees. Rather it is to many, working in an antiquated cross handed make work fashion that is forever handicapped by the imagination of the Comptroller.
Yours and the Manager’s scheme to bring in a person capable of masking the incompetence of the Comptroller and the CFO, call that person the ACCOUNTING MANAGER, and then expect that person to report cheerfully to those incompetents is no more likely to work in Finance than it would in your construction business or my moving business …. Which is to say not at all.
AND FINALLY Mr. Mayor understand well that that the blogs which you cannot control as you do Council Chambers will never relent in opposing the efforts of your incompetent interlopers who have no ties to this community in their shameful forced resignations of mid level employees such as we saw with Tom Cinefro last week.
This City which you profess to care so much about is imploding before your very eyes and you are doing what exactly ??
Manager Kisela said last evening that an employee referenced myself and the blogs on her exit interview and he was correct. But what he failed to mention was that that same employee also stated on that same exit interview that ‘she never received adequate support to do her job, never received sufficient feedback or evaluations regarding her performance, and that there needs to be more training’. So much for his implying that she or anyone else ever got fully trained.
Now since this employee was assigned the task of performing timely bank reconciliations and since we know that was not done for most of last year go ahead and sink my whole argument by providing a credible explanation as to
Why if the CFO is competent to do bank reconciliations himself, did not either make the time to adequately train this employee over several monthly reconciliations, OR OTHERWISE prepare those reconciliations himself such that taxpayer interests were more properly safeguarded at all times ???