As you may or may not know, the auditors were here this week. Coincidentally, an article was released in the Highland Review regarding the 2013 special investigation (Audit). According to the article, County Attorney Shawn Showers contacted the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and directed them to investigate for any possible criminal activity in the audit. Thinking about how this came about again, and why it was even brought up, again
Why? Well,because I believe that the current Washington County District Attorney Shawn Showers was lobbied hard by interested powers to do so. Showers said he was informed by the DCI that they “had not been specifically asked to investigate the alleged crime by any prosecuting agency in Iowa until he requested so this year. The Department of Criminal Investigations said they do “not conduct investigations until [they] are asked to investigate whether by a city, county or another state agency.”
As you read in the last paragraph on the front page of the audit report, Brock apparently received a copy. Auditor’s office affirmed that they did in fact send the report to all the agencies mentioned in the cover letter.
At the aforementioned meeting, Poch and Schneider harangued Brock about prosecuting in light of the audit report. What you have here is a clear vendetta against people who were most likely harassed by the very people for whom they worked. I realized the same desperate pleas to persecute prosecute past employees had been renewed before the new DA had taken office
I see this as a clear case of personal vengeance. Mr. Poch is obviously all too eager to prosecute former employees over a report that stated nothing about criminal activity (i.e., theft). Lest we forget, remember actions taken by Mr. Poch…one of which could actually be considered theft
Had lunch with West Liberty big wigs trying to get their city clerk fired
Ignored the safety of the employees (re: Kasdorf), instead of calling the Sheriff, he drove to Mr. Simon’s house and spoke with him. The employees called the Sheriff (For background on this, see these related stories: Riverside City Council Meeting 5-7-2012, Safety Concerns for Riverside city employees and the incident that lead to them, KCRG TV9 piece, Editorial for May 14, 2012, Editorial for May 21, 2012, May 21, 2012 City Council Meeting for Riverside, Iowa, June 4, 2012 Riverside City Council meeting )
Information was ‘removed’ from the office and taken offsite (Mr. Poch admitted to as much).
Do we know why the mayor did this? The mayor said that he did it on the exit interview of the employees, acknowledging the fact that a download was made with the assistance of Iowa Solutions and said that the backup was in a “safe place.” He had removed it from the city hall and placed in his lockbox. He later repeatedly said he would move it tomorrow (Tuesday July 3, 2012) from his lock box to the city’s.
Some might even say this vendetta has extended from the previous City Administrator to her present employer and the city’s former City Engineer. In Hart-Frederick Corrects Riverside, we posted a letter in which H-F addressed statements made in a public meeting regarding communication between the city attorney and them (“…another instance where inaccurate information regarding HFC was discussed during Riverside’s public meeting.”), and stated that they expect corrections to be sent to the papers.
If for some reason you doubt his propensity for vengeance, remember his little tizzy he/they threw over yours truly and the Forum? (Read this post under headings The Destructive Apparatus, and Smell That? That’s Freedom!); over a year later with my removal from the Planning and Zoning Committee; and don’t forget the removal of our business from the city’s web site, eagerly acknowledging that it was because I disagreed with them and tried to charge them for the use of the Forum’s pictures on the city’s website (I was told by Mr. Rogerson that it would cost $100 if I wanted to leave the name on the site with a disclaimer).
I don’t believe that the appearance of the article the same week the auditors were visiting regarding the 2013-14 audit was a coincidence and it was because they know the audit could quite possibly not go well. We have elected officials using their positions as city officials to exercise personal vendettas for reasons we can only guess at. Ask yourselves…what have they really accomplished…now ask yourselves how much do you think might have been accomplished if effort was not expended on carrying out vendettas against past employees, local/out of town businesses?
Mr. Poch seems to have a skewed definition of the past. Mr. Poch pleads with people to move forward and to stop living in the past and chastises citizens for being negative, suggests to the Forum’s writers to stop bringing up the negative…
Think about this: Why would the Truth be negative?
For more ‘negative’ stuff on this topic: Riverside, Iowa Audit/Special Investigation: Put on Your Big Boy Pants, Riverside!