Ahhh! It tastes so good...Most of the time!
Dessert arrived right on schedule again on Monday night. As usual, some of the best was left for last. For me, the rush of sweetness came while watching our brilliant city manager stammer away after being called on the carpet for asking that our auditors perform some of the very work that they are auditing. He had NO response when Rossbach asked him if this was wrong. He could have at least justified the decision. Almost any reasonable response might have worked. Instead, we are left with, (as the blog founders put it) our cartoons.
Hmmmm! Haven't I seen this auditing stuff somewhere before?
Now, I am sure that the firm in question is highly trustworthy and we really have little to worry about. But, as another reader noted in an earlier post
...What happened to the nearly 30 days notice given by Ms. Bauman? What was Mr. Brilliant doing in that time that he couldn't either (A) hire a replacement or (B) find another firm/individual to perform the temporary duties? As I understand it, a hire is imminent. If so, then why not wait? Otherwise, let's at least provide the appearance of propriety and hire a separate firm to do the work.
This little morsel of goodness raises some serious questions about the abilities of the three musketeer's hired gun. Mr. Brilliant obviously does not understand the idea of "conflict of interest". Neither is our fine city manager a student of recent history. If either of those were the case, he would understand how important it is to at least provide that appearance I mentioned above. Serious things can happen when the auditors audit the work that they performed.
Another thing that comes to mind is how the current city manager is no better than the one he replaced in at least one facet. That being his perceived willingness to take the easy road. I actually thought that Fursman either needed to be more willing to make tough choices or move on. I saw his push for full-time fire fighters as a case of him not wanting to do the hard work of recruiting additional PPC fire fighters. After all, why do the hard work when you can just go to the taxpayers for more money? Did Mr. Brilliant just not want to put the effort in to finding someone else to do the temporary accounting work that needed to be done? After all, the auditors are there. They are only one phone call away. And it is a small amount of work. For me, this is just the beginning. What other shortcuts are we not seeing?
The streets are still getting plowed. And the shoplifters are still being arrested. However, the foundation may be starting to crumble...Like the crust on my strawberry cheesecake.