According to 42 pages of credit card receipts and purchase orders, the card was used to make
The expenses included
Other spending included more than
The expenses were covered with city funds. The city has two cards, one held by Mayor
"We're asking, why was nothing done about it? Why did management do nothing about it? I, along with some of my fellow Council members, decided to take a stand and make an inquiry into the matter," McCaffrey said. "We were dissatisfied that management took no action, so we decided to investigate the issue to determine what actually happened and why nothing was done."
When asked after what she meant by management, McCaffrey said, "I would say the mayor is management, he supervises all of the department heads."
Although there isn't a policy concerning employee credit card use, Doyle's investigation will determine whether the card was used for legitimate city business, McCaffrey said.
"You can't use city funds for anything other than a city purpose," she said. "So that's the crux of it."
Junke's purchases were made in May and June of last year. Asked why it took so long to bring the matter forward, McCaffrey said that will come out in the investigation.
A city credit use policy is something the Council should be implementing soon, she added. The item appeared on a list of goals that McCaffrey submitted to her colleagues at a recent work session.
During the Council's business meeting Tuesday, Tucker was asked by city resident
Doyle's hourly rate for the investigation is
Junke is on medical leave after being injured in a fall on an icy sidewalk outside the
One of the reasons for Doyle's hire was Ottaviano's advice to officials that bringing in a third party would avoid a potential conflict of interest. Tucker and Junke are cousins.
The results of the investigation will be public, officials pledged.
"When we receive the final report, we will make as much of it public as possible," McCaffrey said.
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