At the conclusion of the January 15th 2013 Duncanville City Council meeting, District 3 council woman Leslie Thomas responded to a comment that was made by Patrick Harvey (prior to his election) during the public comment period.
Here’s the back-story.
Patrick Harvey, resident of District 1 (now Council-Member At Large), came and stood before the elected 7 on that evening and probed the council about the obscene amount taxpayer money that is being spent on a forensic audit and attorney fees against a local businessman known for bringing economic development to the area.
Mr. Harvey questioned if there was a “pot of gold at the end of this yellow brick road or if the city attorney was going round and round on the taxpayers carousel.”
The use of scripture by Mr. Harvey emerged as the catalyst that goaded a response from Leslie Thomas.
If you haven’t seen the comment that Mr. Harvey delivered before the council, it can be viewed below.
The following video has been edited for audio clarity. The audio had to be pulled and the bass removed. Replacing the audio was no easy task and it lags behind about a second or so. It reminds me of the greatness of old Kung Fu movies that were over-dubbed in English…but I digress…
The audio that you hear is complete and has not been cut. You can verify the completness by watching the end of the meeting on the city’s website.
A couple of things should be pointed out here.
Then Councilwoman Thomas begins her statement by claiming that the city council hired the forensic auditor. This is not necessarily true. McKamie/Krueger hired CA Forensics to perform the audit and when work was completed, McKamie/Krueger then invoiced the city to pay said auditor.
Leslie Thomas then informs the citizens that “as a society that we spend a lot of money on law enforcement and no one complains because we know the importance of having police officers working the streets and no one questions their budget.” (Like the police replacement vehicles right?) Thomas then makes it clear that “this is the council’s attempt to bring justice to the city.”
The statement that should be circulated around the water cooler in the morning is of her testimonial that seemed to speak for her fellow council-members. Leslie announced “It didn’t matter what the forensic auditor cost, as long as justice is being produced.” She continues with, “And when I say it doesn’t matter it’s a reasonable cost, we put out for the lowest bid and that’s what we got. So we are doing our due diligence on the cost. It’s what this council was elected to do. We were elected to investigate and to guard the city’s interests and that is what we are doing to our best ability.”
Thanks to an open records request by a observant citizen, duncanvillevoice is able to bring you cold, hard evidence that this statement is well, completely false.
1. The search for a forensic auditor was never put out for bid. At some point, and not in public, then City Attorney Julie Fort and company suggested auditors. The council supposedly picked one out; not sure if there was a vote on this because it never came before the public, and zero bids were taken and compared. It then ends up on an agenda to enter into an agreement with CA Forensics LLC and not to exceed $26,000 dollars without council approval.
What’s that you say? Are you suggesting that this is another attempt to impugn the character of a former elected official through innuendo, suggestive comments and outright lies posted on an instantaneous blog that is out to demonize the opposition?
Mrs. Thomas, you stand corrected.
In light of the bible study earlier, I was reminded of Psalm 101:7
“No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.”
Please excuse the silence, but I was just watching in awe of how the community has come together, and it has been a beautiful experience to do so.
“Anonymous Bloggers” have been blamed for the “negativity & downfall” of a community and was pointed out as the core problem with everything wrong in Duncanville. Even without the “Voice” the citizens of Duncanville have changed council seats, promoted new business, created community events, adopted and cleaned parks and have ignited a sense of involvement that this city hasn’t seen in years.
Please remember, the “Voice” will never go away. This site may not be as active as it once was, but it will always be here when needed.
Duncanvillevoice is still here; And this is one of those times.
The following is a PDF of the complete Defendants’ Original Counterclaims To Plaintiff Johnette Jameson. This was filed in response to the suit filed by Johnette Jameson (District 5) in an effort to avoid an investigation that was voted on by the Duncanville City Council to determine if misconduct or violations of the Charter were committed by ALL sitting Council-members.
The only objection came from District 5.
Feel free to print this off and deliver to those that may have interest in the content or may not have access to the internet.
This document was procured through the Open Records Act.
Cause No. DC-14-03379 (PDF) Right click to save to your desktop.
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Good to see you again,