MAOS files Ethics Complaint against Oakland Park staffers.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Timothy “Chaz” Stevens PO Box 1123 Deerfield Beach, FL 33443 Florida Commission on Ethics P. O. Drawer 15709 Tallahassee, FL 32317-5709 RE: Complaint Against the City of Oakland Park Purchasing Department To Whom It May Concern; I am filing a complaint against the staff at the City of Oakland Park for violating Florida Statute 119. In support of this allegation, I offer the following from the Broward Office of Inspector General to John Stunson, City Manager Oakland Park. Purchasing is Not Retaining Communications Upon Which it has Relied to Amend Solicitations City staff informed the OIG that the potential vendors at the pre-bid meeting were advised to submit their questions to the Purchasing Specialist and the Account manager via email. In reference to ITB No. 081911, staff indicated they had received numerous emails from potential vendors. At least some of the questions submitted by potential vendors were documented in an addendum to the bid. However, staff were unable to provide the OIG with the correspondence relating to the procurement. Staff informed the OIG that all emails pertaining to ITB No. 081911 were deleted by the Purchasing Specialist and copies were not retained in the file with … Read More

The OIG investigates Oakland Park. In a word? Meh.

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Purchasing is Not Retaining Communications Upon Which it has Relied to Amend Solicitations City staff informed the OIG that the potential vendors at the pre-bid meeting were advised to submit their questions to the Purchasing Specialist and the Account manager via e-mail. In reference to ITB No. 081911, staff indicated they had received numerous emails from potential vendors. At least some of the questions submitted by potential vendors were documented in an addendum to the bid. However, staff were unable to provide the OIG with the correspondence relating to the procurement. Staff informed the OIG that all emails pertaining to ITB No. 081911 were deleted by the Purchasing Specialist and copies were not retained in the file with the procurement. Staff indicated it was not their process to retain email correspondence with the other records pertaining to a specific procurement. The City normally relies upon a server to backup deleted emails, but the Information Technology (IT) staff indicated that there were known issues with the old system that spurred the City to engage an archiving service for its new email system. The new system will automatically archive emails, and in the case where City staff elects to delete emails, the … Read More

Membership has its privledges. (Updated)

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Marie Elianor, member

Marie Elianor, hand picked by City Manager Jonathan Allen, isn’t a CPA and appears to lack past auditing experience. Our sources in Oakland Park opined that “Elianor wasn’t fit to be an Assistant City Manager, let alone a Finance Director and she often prefaces her replies to questions with ‘if you tell anyone I said this, I will deny it’.”

You would think this all would have made the city look the other way. Perhaps elsewhere, but Elianor had a trump card, another Wonka Golden ticket, which in her case was membership in the National Forum for Black Public Administrators; an organization, by the way, which counts Allen in its ranks.

All of which reminds us of the hiring practices of former Deerfield Beach Parks Director Vince Kendrick, who found a football background more important than say, well, actual experience. A practice that resulted in the hiring of Steve Feagin — former college ball player and now prisoner of the State of Illinois (accused of raping multiple women).

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Finance Director Marie Elianor is estimating total General Fund Revenues based on a preliminary property tax value. First of all, does she not realize that the State Legislature is still in session and thus State revenue sharing numbers have not been provided yet?