Sun Valley Residents Want Answers Following City Audit
Sun Valley, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Thousands of dollars of misused and unaccounted funds caused Sun Valley officials to conduct a forensic audit. The results of the audit were released to city officials on August 24th. Over three months later, citizens of Sun Valley still have more questions than answers.
Sun Valley residents packed City Council chambers as City Officials discussed an audit. An audit that found improper use of sick and vacation time, double dipping, unauthorized bonuses, misuse of gas and credit cards and charges to repair private vehicles.
"We have found that there were essentially no performance evaluations that were done for four years in the city. We are doing these. I am doing these. We've established control over credit cards, vacation," said Dewayne Briscoe, Sun Valley Mayor.
Some residents questioned the cost of the audit.
"I'm very interested to know what the total cost was to this year's negative publicity investigation and that would include attorney fees and to pay people out," said Peggy Tierney, a Sun Valley Resident.
The forensic audit, voluntarily commissioned by the city of Sun Valley and conducted from April through August of this year, will cost city taxpayers an estimated grand total of $273,000.
City officials argued that a third party was needed for the audit. That ensured the audit was fair, balanced and accurate. City council members told concerned citizens that changes have been made to prevent similar problems from occurring in the future.
"The city is back in compliance with the city personnel policies, the city code and the city policies,” said Sun Valley City Council member Franz Suhadolnik.
But some Sun Valley residents claimed the council and the lack of clear policies was to blame, not employees.
"I know everyone of these employees at the city, for a long time, longer than most of you have been here. And I know there was no malice, nobody tried to cheat the city or take anything. Things were done wrong, I admit that. But don't demean the employees. The ones that are here and the ones that are gone," said Sun Valley Resident and former Sun Valley Mayor Dave Wilson.