Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Community Development Department Investigation

The Deerfield Beach Commission voted to hire Kessler International, a forensic auditing firm, to address what the interim city manager Burgess Hanson called “internal control issues” concerning the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and the Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). These internal issues have to be investigated by an outside agency.

Mayor Noland said the investigation is a good thing as “We have a tendency to spend money like drunken sailors”.

Vice Mayor Poitier at first balked at spending so much money for the investigation, (from $15,000 to a top of $30,000), but when it was pointed out that the city might be liable for large fines if the CDBG and CHDO finances were not in order she said, they should spend a million on it. They didn't approve the million, just the $15 to $30K.

Poitier was the one who named the gorilla in the room, she blamed, “That Chaz Stevens” for making a fuss. She also stated that she, “Never had nothing to do with it, it’s never been ran right!”

Hanson said there were no criminal charges involved in this, and the investigation should be done in 2-3 weeks.

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