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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

COMMUNITY POLICE PARTNERSHIP FORUM - July 1st @ 6 PM New Life in Christ Fellowship 1 S.5th Ave. Coatesville, PA - Rep. Dan Williams has promoted community policing in Coatesville PA for several years.

See Daily Local News article about this event below:






POLICE / COMMUNITY FORUMS produced by Concerned Citizens of Coatesville:


Police forum held at New Life in Christ Fellowship in Coatesville 
By Lucas Rodgers, lrodgers@dailylocal.com
POSTED: 06/19/15, 7:00 AM EDT |

‘Know Your Rights’ meeting held at New Life in Christ Fellowship 
By Lucas Rodgers, lrodgers@dailylocal.com
POSTED: 08/27/15, 10:06 PM EDT | UPDATED: ON 08/27/2015

Police chiefs speak at forum in Coatesville 
 By Adam Farence, Daily Local News
POSTED: 11/08/15, 5:47 PM EST | UPDATED: ON 11/08/2015

For some reason these are politically partisan events, by default. Republicans were invited but no Republican officials showed up.


State Representative Harry Lewis was asked to speak at one of these events:

With 3 witnesses present Harry said, “No”, he did not support the police community meetings.

When asked, "Why?'

Harry allegedly said, “Police think they cause trouble”.

Our local police chiefs, District Attorney representative at the meetings were asked if they said the meetings “cause trouble”. Their answer of course was, "no."

When Harry Lewis was asked, Who told you the forums cause trouble?” Harry would not answer. 

Maybe it was these police:

Fraternal Order of Police union endorses Trump 
By Tom Jackman September 16

I'm just guessing but I think the Tea Party racist extremist and now Donald Trump have the Republican Party in a headlock and cannot be "soft" on any hint that "Black lives matter."  Even a black man like Rep. Harry Lewis can’t take that chance.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016


VIDEO Coatesville Community Day-Sergeant Ollis receives awards. Pastor "D" Rev. Derrick Johnson spoke

There was a highly informative, emotionally charged, coming together of clergy, police, law enforcement, educators and community at the Coatesville Community Day, August 28, 2016 at Abdela Park in the City of Coatesville.

You might say that Coatesville Police Sergeant Rodger Ollis was the 'Star', deservedly so.

The forum was the main attraction, for adults. There was also food. 
Pony rides and games for children.

There were 3 other police/community forums held in the City of Coatesville.
For some reason these are politically partisan events by default. Republicans were invited but no Republican officials showed up. 
I guess it's in the GOP "Black lives matter." category and out of bounds for Republican elected officials in today's Trump dominated Republican Party. 


I think this event was brilliant and emotionally charged. 

The forum was almost 3 hours long. I broke it down to a total of 49 minutes and 55 seconds here.


Please excuse the shaky parts. 

I separated that video into 3 smaller parts:








ALSO WATCH:





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Daily Local News
July 2, 2020
Residents demand answers on police reform at forum in Coatesville
Fran Maye fmaye@21st-centurymedia.com 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The most effective and not as toxic hand sanitizer is ethyl alcohol (ethanol) basically “moonshine.” DO NOT USE METHANOL

There’s now science backing humanities use of grain & fruit alcohol to combat viral infections. 

Efficacy of Ethanol Against Viruses in Hand Disinfection 
Ethanol is used worldwide in healthcare facilities for hand rubbing. It has been reported to have a stronger and broader virucidal activity compared with propanols. The aim of this review was to describe the spectrum of virucidal activity of ethanol in solution or as commercially available products. A systematic search was conducted. Studies were selected when they contained original data on reduction of viral infectivity from suspension tests (49 studies) and contaminated hands (17 studies). Ethanol at 80% was highly effective against all 21 tested, enveloped viruses within 30 s. Murine norovirus and adenovirus type 5 are usually inactivated by ethanol between 70% and 90% in 30 s whereas poliovirus type 1 was often found to be too resistant except for ethanol at 95% (all test viruses of EN 14476). Ethanol at 80% is unlikely to be sufficiently effective against poliovirus, calicivirus (FCV), polyomavirus, hepatitis A virus (HAV) and foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV). The spectrum of virucidal activity of ethanol at 95%, however, covers the majority of clinically relevant viruses. Additional acids can substantially improve the virucidal activity of ethanol at lower concentrations against, e.g. poliovirus, FCV, polyomavirus and FMDV although selected viruses such as HAV may still be too resistant. The selection of a suitable virucidal hand rub should be based on the viruses most prevalent in a unit and on the user acceptability of the product under frequent-use conditions.
 Keywords: Ethanol; Hand hygiene; Hand rub; Virucidal.
MORE AT NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE 


As millions of Americans continue to search out ways to stay safe from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that nine brands of hand sanitizer could be toxic, all of which were made in Mexico and might contain methanol.

All nine hand sanitizers are manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, according to the FDA release. The use of methanol as an ingredient in hand sanitizers is forbidden because of its toxic effects, the release also stated. The nine products that prompted the warning are:

-All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)

-Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)

-CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)

-Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)

-The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)

-CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)

-CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)

-CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)

-Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

"Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning," the FDA said in its advisory. "Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death."


For the latest coronavirus information in your county and a full list of important resources to help you make the smartest decisions regarding the disease, check out our dedicated COVID-19 page. 



"Methanol is toxic by two mechanisms. First, methanol can be fatal due to effects on the central nervous system, acting as a central nervous system depressant in the same manner as ethanol poisoning. Second, in a process of toxication, it is metabolized to formic acid (which is present as the formate ion) via formaldehyde in a process initiated by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase in the liver.[32] Methanol is converted to formaldehyde via alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and formaldehyde is converted to formic acid (formate) via aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). The conversion to formate via ALDH proceeds completely, with no detectable formaldehyde remaining.[33] Formate is toxic because it inhibits mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase, causing hypoxia at the cellular level, and metabolic acidosis, among a variety of other metabolic disturbances.[34]"
MORE AT:
Methanol Wikipedia

Friday, June 26, 2020

Down 8th Avenue Coatesville PA 1935 and 2020

I recently discovered that I could convert my Dad’s 8mm movies on VHS files to MP4 videos. Now I can upload them to YouTube.


My Dad, James A. Pitcherella shot a lot of short clips with his 1935 Kodak Cine Camera


You could only do short clips before you needed to open the back to flip the 16 mm film to the other side 


It’s where the flares from light leaks come from on old home movies.



 I made, “Down 8th Avenue Coatesville 1935 and 2020:

The 8mm copy ain’t that good, but it’s what I have for now.







Sunday, June 21, 2020

"Obama administration feared Moscow would alter election databases, discredit a Clinton victory, and lead Trump to spark riots". THIS AIN'T NEWS: I wrote on: Thursday, September 8, 2016 Chester County, PA's extremists are REVVED UP BY FUHRER TRUMP

BACK IN 2016 I WAS WORKING WITH AN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER IN ERIC HOLDER’S OFFICE.

“On election day 2016, senior Obama administration officials were prepared for chaos. Federal law enforcement agencies planned for the possibility of riots in the wake of a contested election outcome and a special White House crisis team braced for the possibility that Russian hackers were on the verge of altering voter data in a handful of key precincts.

“The working hypothesis was that Clinton was going to win, and that [Trump] was then going to go and incite people to violence by claiming that the system was rigged,” according to Amy Pope, the former deputy homeland security adviser. 

Celeste Wallander, the top Russia expert on the National Security Council at the time, wondered what would happen to a tranche of as-yet unreleased compromising material that Russian hackers had stolen—from both Republicans and “people who might serve in a Clinton administration.” Would Moscow use it in a post-election influence operation against Team Hillary?

Those revelations and others are included in a new book obtained by The Daily Beast and set to be published this week. The book, Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference, is authored by David Shimer, a doctoral candidate at Oxford and a fellow at Yale, and details the century-long history of covert operations to interfere in elections. It’s based on interviews with more than 130 key players, including eight former CIA directors, 26 former advisers to Barack Obama, 11 former advisers to Donald Trump, and a former KGB general.”

MORE AT: 


A new book by author David Shimer shows how the Obama administration feared Moscow would alter election databases, discredit a Clinton victory, and lead Trump to spark riots. 

The book, Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference, is authored by David Shimer, a doctoral candidate at Oxford and a fellow at Yale, and details the century-long history of covert operations to interfere in elections. It’s based on interviews with more than 130 key players, including eight former CIA directors, 26 former advisers to Barack Obama, 11 former advisers to Donald Trump, and a former KGB general.



Thursday, September 8, 2016

Chester County, PA's extremists are REVVED UP BY FUHRER TRUMP-Democratic campaign offices might need security 

Chester County Democratic Campaign Office, Coatesville, PA


Chester County and our surrounding areas are LOADED with white supremacists and extremist "patriot" militias. Some have funding from our local “old money” John Birch Society members. AND THEY'RE REVVED UP BY FUHRER TRUMP.
I believe Chester County Democrats and especially Hillary Clinton staff should consider hiring full time security as the "Obama for President" campaign offices Chester and Delaware County did:
 "In the early fall of 2007 I was greeted by a uniformed security guard when I walked into the Coatesville Obama Headquarters.  There were around the clock security guards posted at the Obama Campaign Headquarters in Coatesville and each staffer had some sort of personal security. I believe that the same thing happened at all the Obama Campaign Headquarters in Chester County and even some nearby counties."
MORE AT;
 Coatesville Dems: 

Thursday, September 30, 2010


As I wrote, Chester County and our surrounding areas are LOADED with white supremacists and extremist "patriot" militias. 
When I see a car with "Chester County Sheriff" markings I view it with some apprehension. I wonder which Constitution the Sheriff Deputy swore to defend. The actual Constitution or the W. Cleon Skousen annotated Constitution
Our most easily identified extremist is Chester County Sheriff Carolyn (Bunny) Welsh. She is a "Leadership Member" of Richard Mack's Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Someone is gathering information concerning Coatesville City Hall. The inbox on my email is now dominated by “Someone downloaded” (something concerning Coatesville City Hall.) You can view documents & audio recordings on Coatesville Dems Blog stored on my Box account.

You can also download them onto your own computer storage. 

I have been informed that a DC Circuit Judge follows my blog. And that former Attorney General Eric Holder follows my blog. 

I’ve been working with Tom Hogan since he was a U.S. Attorney and of course former Chester County DA Joe Carroll. 

I believe a significant level of corruption still exists within the walls of the City of Coatesville’s City Hall. 



When Former Finance Director Stacy Bjorhus left the City of Coatesville the City neglected a  non-disclosure agreement (NDA). It's why she can write about her experience at the City of Coatesville:

See the entire "Letter from Stacy Bjorhus" below my email screenshots.
In early 2011 (late February if I remember correctly) Raj sent his family back to India, and it was stated that his father was going to manage an apartment complex that he (Raj) had purchased.  In the summer (June I think) Raj moved from Millview when his lease expired to an apartment in Malvern with a friend of his.  In the first weeks in August he sold his car.  He called in for days off in that time frame explaining that he was having car trouble, and then began coming to work in a rental car.  On Monday morning, August 22, 2011 Raj came to work at 10:00AM and walked into Mr. Rawlings City Manager’s office and announced that he had decided just that weekend to resign from the City.  He had purchased a plane ticket the day before and his decision to resign, unfortunately, was unanticipated but necessary due to the many pressures put upon him. 

Some people appear to be looking hard at the City of Coatesville:











Monday, October 1, 2012


Quest Column 


by Stacy Bjorhus


Former Finance Director at city of coatesville


REVISED-General Ledger Maintenance 

And the Maintenance Staffer’s Return to India

The DEM’s BLOG written and posted by James Pitcherella, September 20, 2011 titled “Can the FBI, in India,interview people that worked in the USA?” reminded me of so many things that Dharmesh Kalaria (Raj) said to me during the time that I worked in the Finance Department, that I felt that I needed to draft a brief outline of recollections from that time frame.  Raj was employed at the City as the General Ledger Maintenance staffer.  His title was “Programmer Analyst/Senior Accountant”.  

When I began my employment with the City I saw that the General Ledger was in a terrible state of disarray, and I couldn’t understand why.  I asked about Raj’s background and I was told that he had an Accounting Degree and an Advanced Degree in Programming from a university in India.  I asked to see his diploma and a copy was provided to me, however it was not in English.
General Ledger Maintenance does not require a staff member that has an accounting degree, as long as the staff member understands the basic functions of accounting and the basic requirements of the position and expectations under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and expectations defined in Governmental Accounting Standards Boards (GASB) manuals.  I was told by City Management that Raj was a genius and well versed in GAAP and GASB and I did not have to worry about his many capabilities.
My first ‘Ooops’ was when I asked to see the files with back up for the Journal Entries that had been recorded.  Raj explained that he did not need hard copy back up for the journal entries.  If a journal entry was required he would enter it in the software module and the general ledger would accept it.  I asked about documentation for the entry and Raj tapped himself on the forehead with his index finger and said, “It’s all right here!”
Failure to understand the requirements of back up for journal entries combined with the Department’s failure to have the 2008 General Ledger balanced by September 2009, and receiving phone calls from the City’s outside auditor asking when I thought the General Ledger could be balanced so that their team could come into the City and get the 2008 Audit under way, gave me serious concerns about the City’s Finance Department to function with GAAP GASB expectations. 
The City’s General Ledger for 2008 was out of balance by an enormous dollar amount.  The problem was blamed on the Software Module that the City had contracted for the 2008 operating year.  I contacted other municipalities who were using the product and it appeared that only Coatesville was having problems.  It was clear that the City’s knowledge of the product and implementation of the product was so poor that issues of enormous magnitude were unavoidable.  The underlying problem originated with data entry that was entered into the module as one sided entries for a prolonged period.  (Accounting entries need to balance, so a debit and a credit must be entered so that batch debit and credit entries will equal zero when debits are subtracted from credits.)  Additionally the City did not reconcile the opening 2008 balances to the 2007 Audited General Ledger Year End Balances.  The City had engaged a Temp Employee who was repairing the General Ledger on a line by line basis.  (The City’s General Ledger had tens of thousands of lines of data.)  He and Raj had been associates at an organization prior to Raj’s employment with the City.  He had been hired as a Temp by the City prior to my engagement to correct the 2008 General Ledger one line at a time.  Each week after I was hired in mid September 2009 I’d ask him to run a Trial Balance, and he’d tell me that he could not.  The data is not ready for a Trial Balance.  Raj supported his answer.  By the end of my third week of my employment I told him to run a Trial Balance whether or not the General Ledger was ready for a Trial Balance.  He said “ok” and he left for lunch.  When he returned from lunch he walked into Mr. Harry Walker’s City Manager’s office and he told Mr. Walker that he had been offered a permanent position in the City of Boston and he had to leave for the position that day.  By three o’clock PM he was gone.  The City’s General Ledger was still in shambles.
I had a contact from my previous employer, from an IT firm who was a software engineer.  I contacted him and he stated that he felt that he would be able to help the City resolve their unbalanced 2008 General Ledger.  Mr. Walker accepted my suggestion that we engage him for this task.  He arrived, reviewed the program and diagnosed that he could unravel the 2008 GL, identify the problems, and bring the program into balance, on a system’s basis not a line-by-line basis.  Two weeks later we had a balanced General Ledger.
Once the General Ledger was balanced it was determined that a large sum of cash could not be accounted for.  The City’s outside auditors came into the city and completed the 2008 Audit and they established that approximately $160,000 in cash could not be accounted for.
City Council determined that the 2008 Audit citing $160,000 of unaccounted missing cash required the services of a forensic auditor.  Services of three private citizens, with forensic auditing experience were offered to the City, by a third party organization that had knowledge of these volunteers.  The three volunteers would come to the City as a team (each with a different skill set of forensic experience) to review the City’s records.  Only two of the volunteers met with City Management the third decided that they did not have the free time to commit to the project.  Their skill sets were accounting and banking.  When the enormity of the task was explained to them only the auditor with accounting expertise agreed to assist the City.
At this point in time (mid 2010) Raj asked multiple questions about forensic auditing and what would a forensic auditor review and what would he be looking for?  I accessed Google and I printed up definitions of Forensic Auditing, and I asked Raj to read it and to ask any questions that I might be able to answer. 
At that point Raj said, “We are all going to jail.”  I asked him why he thought that the staff would all go to jail.  Raj’s response, “If you go back to 2005 you will find about two million dollars ($2,000,000).”
The volunteer auditor was in City Hall for several months.  He was working about three days a week, and he was digging through records not initially intended to be reviewed from the City’s viewpoint.  At one point the volunteer and City Council had a heated exchange and the volunteer determined that it would be best for all parties if he did not continue reviewing City documents.
Raj’s comments to me that ‘We are all going to jail’ and ‘If you go back to 2005 (5 years) you will find two million dollars’ were eye opening comments.  These two phrases continued to push me to review data records.
Data that was readily available in the Finance Department was 2008, 2009 and at that point in time 2010.  I spent long hours at home cross referencing 2008 records specifically.  The 2008 records strongly indicated that a forensic audit was required.  I continued cross referencing data from prior periods at home, and I cross referenced current cash receipts, billing and collection data, and the General Ledger’s data entries during working hours in my office.  City Management authorized me to document any discrepancies that I found relating to Finance Department records for professional Forensic Auditor review, which I did.
City Council took proactive steps in 2010 after the volunteer auditor resigned.  They engaged a firm to review the items that the volunteer auditor had identified, and referred to as ‘Special Legal’ when discussed in Council Sessions.
Special Legal supported that a forensic audit was in order and they were tasked by City Council in 2011 to craft a Request for Proposal (RFP), review the RFP’s when they were remitted, and select a firm to access City Hall and perform the long awaited Forensic Audit.
Raj resigned on a Monday in late August 2011.  In the period prior to this he had routinely spoken of getting a mortgage from a U. S. mortgage company for property in India.  At one point in time he mentioned that he was in the process of purchasing an apartment complex in India, and I wondered ‘how’?  He was paid less than $60,000 per year and he had a wife and child and his parents were living with them in a rented apartment in Millview Apartment Complex.  He was the only person in the household that spoke English, and the only household member that was employed.  A City of Coatesville staff member told me that Raj had confided to them that he had squirreled away $250,000 for a down payment on an apartment complex in India.  I reported this to City Management, finding it disconcerting that someone who had worked for the City for two years ($60,000 annual salary) was able to squirrel away a sum of money, in that magnitude.  City Manager told me that it wasn’t any of my concern and it was most likely an inheritance or he had been squirreling the money away for a prolonged period, far longer than his employment with the City.  Yes, both of the possible explanations were valid, but I would have been more comfortable if Raj’s comment to his co-worker had not been in confidence.  I would have been more comfortable if Raj had openly stated that he had been saving money for the purpose of returning to India as the owner of an apartment complex, for instance.

REVISED DOCUMENT BEGINS HERE

In early 2011 (late February if I remember correctly) Raj sent his family back to India, and it was stated that his father was going to manage an apartment complex that he (Raj) had purchased.  In the summer (June I think) Raj moved from Millview when his lease expired to an apartment in Malvern with a friend of his.  In the first weeks in August he sold his car.  He called in for days off in that time frame explaining that he was having car trouble, and then began coming to work in a rental car.  On Monday morning, August 22, 2011 Raj came to work at 10:00AM and walked into Mr. Rawlings City Manager’s office and announced that he had decided just that weekend to resign from the City.  He had purchased a plane ticket the day before and his decision to resign, unfortunately, was unanticipated but necessary due to the many pressures put upon him. 
Prior to Raj’s August departure Special Legal had performed the RFP duties assigned to them.  Calls were coming into the Finance Department to get more information regarding staffing, volume of records, etc to get a better idea of how they would respond to the RFP, for pricing purposes.  It was apparent that a Forensic Audit would in fact occur, and it could be assumed that it was no longer a question of ‘if’ but now it was a matter of ‘how soon’.
Prior to the time that Raj resigned I had routinely reported to Council and Management that the Financial Reports were not accurate due to data in the General Ledger that was not being accurately maintained by the General Ledger Maintenance staffer.  He was directed to confirm the accuracy of the General Ledger entries prior to closing the books for the month.  I routinely found numerous errors in the closed books.  Raj insisted that he was overworked and my expectations were unrealistic.  His complaints were upheld by City Manager and Asst City Manager and I was told that I could not press Raj to perform so much work.  Therefore correcting journal entries were routinely made in periods after Financial Reports were due to City Council. 
Immediately after Raj resigned the City Manager Rawlings advised me that the City was under a Hiring Freeze and the position would not be filled.  I alerted him that General Ledger Maintenance was a critical departmental position, and the department was already understaffed.  The position should be filled as soon as possible.  Mr. Rawlings advised me to begin to perform the duties myself until the position could be filled.  Shortly before my termination Mr. Rawlings had engaged the City’s outside auditing firm to send in the City’s lead auditor (one day per week)  to help with the General Ledger.  
On the surface accessing the City’s auditor as a temporary employee in the Finance Department may have appeared to be a great idea; however the auditor was unable to enter any data in the General Ledger, and he also resisted accessing the General Ledger to draft Journal Entries to reclassify data that had been entered incorrectly since he would be unable to audit the records in the New Year.  He refused to access the General Ledger citing Conflict of Interest issues.  Basically he could not access the City’s database to enter or reclassify data and then audit his own work in the New Year when preparing the City’s Financial Reports.  Accessing the General Ledger’s database would negate his ability to perform an Annual Audit. I believe that he may have been required to perform these tasks after I was severed, and this is the reason that the City of Coatesville’s Year End 2011 Financial Reports are ‘Statements’ rather than an ‘Audit’.
The fact was:  City Management had engaged (at great expense) a temporary employee who could not perform the one task that I needed him to perform.  (Have you seen the movie ‘The Perfect Storm’?  This was the Perfect Storm.)
COUNCIL MEETING ACTION ITEMS AS COPIED FROM CITY’S APPROVED MINUTES:
SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 COUNCIL MEETING (Public Session)
Consideration to authorize a Forensic Audit 
Ms. Jorgenson made a motion to approve a Forensic Audit; Mr. Collins seconded the motion. Motion passed 5-0.

OCTOBER 10, 2011 COUNCIL MEETING (Public Session)
Consideration for Dan Becker (sic. Special Legal) to negotiate the price with Reinsel, Kuntz and Lesher for the Forensic Audit. 
Mr. Brazzle made a motion to approve Dan Becker to negotiate the price with Reinsel, Kuntz and Lesher for the Forensic Audit; Mr. Simpson seconded the motion. Motion passed 5-0.

OCTOBER 24, 2011 COUNCIL MEETING (Public Session)
Consideration of the Forensic Auditor Engagement letter from Reinsel, Kuntz, Lesher, Inc
Ms. Jorgenson made a motion to approve a Forensic audit engagement letter from Reinsel, Kuntz, Lesher, Inc. and authorized Daniel Becker to sign the letter; Mr. Collins seconded the motion. Motion passed 6-0.

On Thursday, October 20, 2011, I was called into the City Manager’s office and handed a document titled:  Administrative Leave with Intent to Terminate.  Only four days later, on October 24, 2011 City Council authorized Special Legal to approve the engagement letter with Reinsel, Kuntz, Lesher, Inc (Forensic Auditors).   
As the Finance Director I was committed to achieving all of the goals and challenges that were posed to me by Council at the time of my engagement in September 2009.   At my interview with Council in late August I was challenged with getting the 2008 Financial Records balanced and ready for the outside auditors to complete the 2008 Audit, manage the Finance Department to effect all billings and collections, all reporting functions, grant reporting, financial reports for the grants, cash management, accounts payable review and bringing the accounts payable ‘current’ (subsequently Pension Administration and Payroll were also brought under my control, although Pension Plans were in a state of disarray and Union issues were complicating the Plans’ compliance with Third Class City Pension Law). 
A specific challenge aside from the others noted above that was discussed during my interview with Council was:  confirm that the operations within Finance Department are performed correctly and quiet the Daily Local Newspaper’s persistent criticism of malfunctions within the Finance Department.  I embraced all of the challenges imposed and I worked long hours to successfully perform these tasks.
Records that I had gathered with questions of mis-appropriation of cash/collections were in individual files on my desktop.  Beneath my desk were boxes of raw data and folders with types of data that noted collection errors.  All data was available with notations.  The Forensic Auditors would be able to ascertain if data I was presenting had been doctored, by me, based on the raw data supporting my files.  I was confused about the timing of being placed on Administrative Leave.
Mr. Gary Rawlings reported in an article in the Daily Local News (when he was terminated from the City) that I had been terminated due to inaccurate Financial Reports and that I spent too much of my time on the forensic audit.  (I was severed from the City prior to the Forensic Auditor’s engagement, so perhaps Mr. Rawlings intended to state that I had spent too much of my personal time (out of the office) reviewing records in preparation for the City’s pending forensic audit.)
The Forensic Auditor who was engaged by City Council in October 2011 is in the final stages of completing their report, if rumors that I’ve heard from City residents are correct.
I don’t know what time frame the forensic team was engaged to audit.  It would be virtually impossible for them to go back to 2005 since the records prior to 2007 were scant.  The 2008, 2009 and 2010 records (while I was at the City were available in their entirety).  A forensic audit could have been performed on the records, as they existed in the Finance Department on the day that I left.  I left the documented records and all of the City’s data records, organized in individual files on my desktop or by ‘type’ in boxes beneath my desk, with Mr. Kirby Hudson.  I had described the content of the files and boxes regarding the data records with Kirby Hudson on the day that I was severed.  I explained the significance of the data to him, prior to the point that he escorted me from the building.  He stated that he understood the data’s significance and he assured me that he would secure all of the records under lock and key in his private office.
So, coming back to focus:  will the Forensic Audit team (RKL) find that the City’s Finance Department had been functioning like a well oiled machine, with accurate data entry during the period they are analyzing?  Will they assess that the records were distorted due to employees’ insufficient knowledge base and the City’s poor implementation of the 2008 General Ledger Module?  Will they find reasonable answers for the files and documents that I had questioned?  Or, will the auditors have the same questions for the documents that I also questioned?  
I will look forward to reviewing the Forensic Audit Report, assuming that it will be posted at some point in time on the City’s web site.