Odysseus Lanier, of Houston-based McConnell & Jones, left, shakes hands with Councilman Jim Kilpatrick during a Killeen City Council a closed meeting at City Hall.

Eric J. Shelton | Herald

After meeting in closed session twice Tuesday to discuss the audit into Killeen's city finances, council members announced a delay of at least two weeks in seeing results in seven key areas of an investigation into the city’s finances.

Behind closed doors at City Hall and the Utility Collection’s Building — 50 minutes in the second meeting alone — the Audit Advisory Committee and full council were briefed in succession by Houston-based representatives of McConnell & Jones.

The firm provided the latest summary of findings of a management audit responding to residents' concerns about potential fraud or misappropriation in local government finances.

As anticipated, no new information about any findings was made public.

In an extemporaneous handwritten note, however, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Kilpatrick, who also chairs the audit subcommittee, said McConnell & Jones requested an extension because of an “extensive data submission” by the city.

When asked to clarify, Kilpatrick said it was “additional” data, but did not say what it was or when it was submitted.

An extension was granted at no additional cost, the note said. The draft audit was due to the council July 7 and the final report was due July 31. They now are tentatively pushed out two weeks.

The council also gave City Manager Ron Olson the green light to move forward with his end of the administrative process in the audit.

Olson’s executive team and city staff plan to meet Wednesday with the firm to receive a separate, more detailed briefing, according to City Auditor Matthew Grady.

The role of administrators in the audit process will be to get more information for auditors, such as to corroborate the proper use of bond money, Assistant City Manager Dennis Baldwin previously said.

“That dialogue is important to ensure the correct information gets to council. ... The documents are the documents — none of that’s going to be in the possession of us to change. It just allows for that dialogue to occur,” Baldwin said.

Initial observations by the firm May 2 indicated a list of problems within city finances and decision-making but offered no context. Olson previously said it a misstep by the firm, and said speculation hurts an investigation.

Olson also told the Herald the firm’s findings will not be altered and will be made public; it’s not clear when, however.

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Alvin
Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
It is noted on the internet, in one of the banner headlines, that of the 22 highest paid White House staffers in the White House only 6 are women. The salary for these individuals is $179,700.00. Now if you want to compare the present salary of just starting our city manager at $250,000.00 plus extras that boost his salary up to$280,000.00, where do you see the imbalance???? His salary of $280,000 verses the White House staffer at $179,700 equals 1.56 more than the highest paid White House staffer.
Boy we don't want that to leak out as they will be clamoring to come to to Killeen to get in on the gravy train.
But now back to the head lines, This article just says that 'just 6 of White House Staffers are women'. Well in Killeen, what is the ratio of male to female among the 'highest paid in the city of Killeen'???? Did anyone dare to make that comparison????
It goes on to say that in 2016, the highest paid White House Staffers included Susan B. Rice and Valerie B Jarrett who earned $176,461, a $3,000.00 dollar pay raise. Would you venture a guess as how much our city manager is making verses what our last permanent city manager salary was????
Do you want to know how much of a pay raise the Social Security raise for each was in the years between 2016 and 2917. I'll tell you, it was -0.00- percent.
Have you stopped to acquaint yourself with the delta between Obama's wife and Trump's wife is, or the fact that Obama, he has treated his Mother In Law to a Social Security or retirement stipend of over $150,000.00 'for her life'. Now please go back an review what our Social Security was. It's no where near the over $150,000.00 mark I'll tell you.
And one further note, I'm not sure where the bill that was offered to boost the 'retired past presidents to a whopping 18 to 22 % increase has gone, but I think I can safely say that 'it passed'
And one further note, back in the olden days, in the 1970's, 1967 to 1975, the then Governor of California, Ronald Reagan said that he would not accept a salary, much like our President now, this due to the financial straits this country is in now.
Just so you can know.
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Alvin
Alvin

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@ Pharon Enochs: You hit the nail on the head again. And I agree with your assessment, of your puzzlement regarding 'transparency regarding the audit'. I would like you to remember how in the past, the meetings of minutes used to be reported in the newspaper, but they are not anymore, and the council votes would be tallied, including how each council member voted and the fact that they are not anymore. The only thing that gets reported in the newspaper is a vote of majority. And you used to see the the city council minutes of meetings, but not anymore. Yes, that's transparency for you. The more you take note of the councils 'failings' the less you see what you used to see. How's that for progress.
And I too feel that this council is 'failing at reporting what's going on in this city' as I am of the person opinion that 'they just don't want to divulge what is taking place within this city's boundaries, and adjacent to this city's boundaries.
The city manager has stated 'that the people of this city will 'get to see' the findings of the audit, and the fact is here is 'no time limit has been established and I wish to find out, 'WHY'???? Why do you not want us to see the findings of the audit???? Is that your vision of 'transparency'???? The same goes for the ad hoc subcommittee, if there are members of this committee that do not believe in the secrecy of this city, then 'WHY' don't those members call a city wide meeting in which they can divulge this information???? They have not so far.
This is akin to the meeting that was held, 'in secret', by past mayor Hancock in which it was decided to pass on the $750,000 dollar severance pay of Mr. Green with instructions to 'cash it immediately', before any of the townspeople heard about it. When I inquired, one councilman 'resigned' from the city council. What about transparency Mr. City Manager, or what about transparency Mr. Mayor'????
Yes I did make mention of a memo that I had previously written to the council member explaining that I had intended to include 3 additional council members, but with this email system that is posted but you can not be assured if someone will get the email. I've even tried to send this city manager an email with the same results – you can't get there from here'.
This city manager is forecasting a current date of Sept. 19, 2017 if my memory hasn't failed me with the budget closing on Sept. 30, 2017. And he has already said 'that this budget is to be signed by the council before that end date.
Ah well this is the city life struggle of people living in Killeen, but it does not have to be that way.
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Pharon Enochs

The following comments are indeed the opinions of Pharon Enochs It looks to me the kids at city hall are playing a game. The games appears to be similar to an old game I played many, many years ago. The name of the game was something like Mulberry Bush. The basis of the game was the players were in a circle holding hands while walking around a mulberry bush or other item singing , Here we go around the mulberry bush. It was a simple but rather stupid game. It was mostly a waste of time, stalling if you will, until something more exciting happened. I never cared much for the game myself but apparently some adults are still into kid games. I was also puzzled with two comment regarding being transparent with the finding of the audit. The city manager has stated words to the effect the taxpayers will get to see the audit findings in total but no time limit is in place. During a discussion a council member had about what should be made public he suggested that all names in the audit findings should be public including all names mentioned. I believe the city attorney then said words to the effect if a name mentioned and there was evidence of criminal activity by the person of that name it could be made public otherwise names did not have to be made public. Well Mr. city manager how do you square this ? This I think is what happens when you step out of your lane. I believe in this section of the KDH Alvin posted some information on an e mail exchange he had with a council. I believe the council member is reported to have stated the city manager's job is to take care of the day to day business of the city. MMM ! Day to day business ? This question may be a day late and $4396,000 plus short, The city manager had mentioned that he was not here when issues being investigated/reviewed or whatever you call it by the audit company, he also said some of the other city employees were here. I believe the KDH mentioned several names two of which are Baldwin and Farris. The city manager and his executive staff ( I believe it was called) will be briefed on the audit findings. Was there any plans put into effect if any members of this staff name(s) were in the audit findings associated with criminal activity what action would be taken? I bet not. I am just trying to keep the game above board or transparent without any speculating. By the way is there a big difference from a city staff member and an executive staff member. Do executive members get additional money above their normal salaries , get to we ar a name tag saying executive staff or a special seat at city council meetings ? I broach this question because I observed something which I felt was rather odd. During the first workshop when the audit company gave it's first briefing when Olson left his seat for a few seconds or so Baldwin immediately stood up and sat in Olson's chair only to stand up and move after Olson returned. God bless America, President Trump, All the taxpayers in Killeen ( Boy ! do we need it in my opinion) and John Wayne wherever he may be

Alvin
Alvin

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Question: 'Where is the original????
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centexdave

Another two week delay. I guess it takes that long to let the city manager and his staff to review it and remove some of the findings.

Alvin
Alvin

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In the first 4 paragraphs it goes in to writing 'closed door sessions twice, the firm provided the latest summary of findings, and, anticipated, no new information about any findings was made public'.
It is also stated that, 'because of extensive data submission, the firm requested and was given an extension'. That's another ploy of organizations wishing to 'delay' any information to the public. You wait until the last minute and then you submit an extensive amount of information hoping that the firm will just give up in the futility of whole episode.
And you did note that in all of the utter confusion, at least that is what I call it, 'when asked about 'the additional data, he did not say what the data was or when it was submitted' which carries over my comments about this ploy is a favorite trick that is used to withhold information when the information does not want to be submitted. It's called a delay tactic.
And it is that:
Copy: 'The council also gave City Manager Ron Olson the green light to move forward with his end of the administrative process in the audit.' End of copy.
What 'green light was he given to proceed on 'if nothing has been released for publication'????
Copy: 'Olson’s executive team and city staff plan to meet Wednesday with the firm to receive a separate, more detailed briefing, according to City Auditor Matthew Grady.' End of copy.
Now why is the associated of 'Olsen and his executive team going to meet with 'the firm', to get a more detailed briefing' without representation of the ad hoc committee that was in the primary lead on Tuesday???? What was this today, a just a synopsis the first time around which really did not count????
Copy: 'That dialogue is important to ensure the correct information gets to council. ... The documents are the documents — none of that’s going to be in the possession of us to change. It just allows for that dialogue to occur,” Baldwin said.' End of copy.
All I have to say in regards to this last statement is ' BULL'. You know the more verbal information is passed around, the greater the probability of 'mistrakes'.
Copy: 'Olson also told the Herald the firm’s findings will not be altered and will be made public; it’s not clear when, however.' End of copy.
How many times is this going to be stated???? Is he hoping that repetition is going to convince someone that it is true????
I, for one am dubious about the presentation, if there ever is one.
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