One Municipal Court employee was terminated during the administrative investigation and a second employee resigned. The Investigative Committee, comprised of four department heads, and led by City Manager Bob Cumley and Assistant City Manager Evelyn Honea, determined that no other disciplinary actions would be taken against any other City employees.
Specific recommendations for the Municipal Judge and Finance Director address future actions. In particular, the Finance Department is already in the process of auditing every area where cash is collected and handled within the City. All Department Heads also are reviewing controls and processes in place in their departments, although many departments do not handle any significant amounts of cash in their day-to-day operations.
The report states that possible restitution options are being pursued, including partial recovery through the City’s insurance policy on bonded employees. The criminal investigation is ongoing and no timetable is set for its completion.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
CITY: MUNI COURT THEFT AT LEAST $1 MILLION
This is, to say the least, not good news for the City of Springfield. An administrative investigation into missing monies in the municipal-court system shows at least $1 million -- and maybe $1.2 million -- missing over the past six years. According to a city news release:
The city's insurance policies only allow for up to $200,000 recovery, less a $2,500 deductible.