Wednesday, April 14, 2010

State Auditor Releases Findings on St. Louis Mayor's Office

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Updated 1:23 p.m.

State auditor Susan Montee today concluded her nearly two-year audit of St. Louis by releasing her investigation into the office of Mayor Francis Slay.

For the Slay haters who hoped for a lot of juice on da' mayor, the audit is something of a disappointment.

The biggest problem Montee found with the mayor's office is that it did not put up for bid an annual contract with an unnamed lobbyist who the mayor first hired in 2002 at the cost of $150,000. In 2009 that lobbyist made $90,000. The mayor's office tells Daily RFT that the lobbyist is Rodney Boyd.

City law requires any service contract of $5,000 or more to be put out for bid.

Montee also cited the office for not bidding out a contract to a company that pays claims for damages caused by city trash trucks.

I've got a call in to the mayor's office to try to determine which lobbyist Montee was referencing in her audit. In the meantime, you can read the full audit here.

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