Originally Posted by Dexter
Thanks for the info. I've lived in Adams County my whole life and haven't really heard much about this. Ill make sure I do my research.
This is my goal. Thanks.
I paid $144,000 for this thread, so I'm hoping it has an impact. If you're an Adams County resident and would like to send this to others, post it on Facebook, or otherwise help spread the word, I'd appreciate it. Also, if people know of other Denver-area forums where I can post it, I'd appreciate it.
With regard to Adams County, there have been numerous scandals. The theft of several million dollars in rigged paving contracts is well documented in the Denver Post. Several people are facing prison sentences, but there has only been a half-hearted prosecution and none of the involved county employees have faced notable punishment. Several were not punished at all and still have contract control at the county. The excuse made for the staff was that none of the 16 attorneys in the county attorney office understood basic state law about public bidding.
Less well-known is the office furniture scandal, wherein commissioner Alice Nichol took a multi-million dollar contract from the winning firm and gave it to a friend of hers, with help from the senior staff.
The one reform-minded commissioner came into office in 2010 and so far has uncovered over $1 million in wasted funds via sole-source contracts. There are many other scandals that I won't bore people with, but you can do a google search on Adams County and read about them.
In my particular contract, we have documentation that the following happened:
1. We won the contract based on the selection committee's scoring.
2. The corrupt manager on the selection committee walked out of the interviews after listening to my firm present, and then stopped the process because "all members were not present". She was the only one not there, and it's because she walked out solely so she could have an excuse to stop the process.
3. The purchasing office then wrote up a false reason for stopping the contract award, blaming an innocent low-level county employee for something he didn't do.
4. Despite that employee producing documentation about the lie, and despite written complaints that the corrupt manager was attempting to manipulate the bid outcome, the purchasing office gave control of the project to the corrupt manager. This is a direct violation of purchasing ethics since the woman had an obvious conflict of interest. She was even listed as a reference by her friend in the proposal, and had a long history of giving the friend sole-source contracts.
5. The corrupt manager then created a new selection committee of her own employees, who promptly and unanimously selected the manager's friend to win the contract. This firm had no experience in the field, and had finished very low in the rankings with the legitimate committee.
6. Among other things, my firm had points taken from our score by the sham committee because "perhaps we were overqualified". One selection committee member thought it would be funny to give my firm a score of zero in every bid evaluation category, while giving the corrupt manager's friend a perfect score in every category. (This sham committee member has since been promoted and has been placed in charge of "changing the ethical culture" of employees in Adams County.)
7. The friend won the contract despite raising their price by 40%+ once the corrupt manager took over.
8. The purchasing office submitted the paperwork to give the contract to the friend before all of the sham committee' scores were submitted. The purchasing department's memo said that it didn't matter if all of the committee members didn't participate, despite using that as an excuse to stop the legitimate process.
9. After being given the contract, several parts of the contract were paid for, and the work was never done. Other parts were done in a shoddy manner. In fact, the County even canceled the public presentation of the results, which I believe was because they were aware of the poor quality and mistakes.
10. The county attorney office has denied us the right to several public documents in our investigation of the contract rigging. For example, they denied us the rights to view the e-mail of one manager because "she deletes every e-mail she gets at the end of every day". On other critical documents, they have never given us the documents, continually claiming that they "forgot" or "are looking for them". By law, these documents should be provided within three days of the request.
11. After several attempts, we finally got the county to agree to conduct an audit of the contract. The county administrator and county attorney's audit says that all of the work was done on time. In reality, several elements were never done and the shoddy work that was completed was several months late.
12. The county attorney confirmed to me that "nobody will ever listen" as long as the current commissioners are in place, and bragged to me that even if he gets fired, his contract with the county administrator will give him a year of pay as a bonus. (They're friends.) The deputy county attorney has told other people that the county is in the wrong, but she is more interested in helping her own career than in doing the right thing. She has since been promoted to county attorney in a non-competitive process.
We have documentation of all of this.
Our goal is to get Howell and Mikes elected so we can actually see a legitimate investigation, and our goal is a complete overhaul of the county administrator, county attorney, and purchasing offices.
Sorry if this is a long post, but I paid $144,000 for it. I want to get my money's worth. Please spread the word to others.