Audit Commission Wants Independent Attorney

by Categorized: Internal Audit Commission, Pedro Segarra, Politics Date:

Lots of things going on this week. The city’s internal audit commission is scheduled to meet Wednesday at 3 p.m. On tap for discussion:

*Vote on recommending that the mayor’s office request reimbursement for Fiscal Year End 2012 unallocated procurement card expenses that were found not to be supported by receipts or invoices.

*Review and discuss next steps regarding the special review relating to the removal of trees from Keney Golf Course including discussing and voting on hiring an attorney to pursue any potential recoveries. (*Read more about that here).

*Review documentation relating to the rehiring of City of Hartford retirees and discuss and vote on next steps.

*Review complaint regarding the propriety of the final payout to Jared Kupiec and discuss and vote on next steps.

*Discuss the status of the City of Hartford vehicle inventory, assignment and use audit

If that’s not enough to chew on, there’s this: The commission wants to hire an independent attorney to consult with on its legal matters going forward. Auditors currently work with the city’s corporation counsel, Saundra Kee Borges, but said they don’t believe Kee Borges is objective because she’s also a close adviser to the mayor.

“I don’t feel they’re representing us. I feel they are representing the administration or others,” Commissioner Bruce Rubenstein said. “We feel there’s been several conflicts of interest raised because of corporation counsel’s relationship with whoever we’re investigating.”

We’ll have more on this tomorrow.

You can view the audit commission’s agenda here: Agenda092513Final

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