Inside the spending habits of Unified Fire Authority leaders

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  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2016 10:13 p.m.

    Michael Jensen is not running unopposed.
    Jeff White (write-in) is running for the Salt Lake County Council 2 seat.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Aug. 25, 2016 8:04 a.m.

    I think there is a big payback that is necessary from these men. They have taken advantage of the credit cards.

  • Million Bluffdale, UT
    Aug. 25, 2016 7:41 a.m.

    Anytime credit cards are involved in business or government settings people exceed what is correct and proper and people will push the limit until their hands are slapped. Just not enough hand slapping to go around when it comes to the public's monies.

  • Niximus Tooele, UT
    Aug. 24, 2016 7:19 p.m.

    As a fire contractor, I do work with unified a bit. Every time I pull into the parking lot it's like pulling into a high end import car dealership. Mercedes AMGs, audis, BMWs, Lexus's, Jaguars, etc. I always joke that I'm on the wrong side of the fire business. Wow, just Wow.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 24, 2016 11:16 a.m.

    Well run organizations have transparent and standard per diem allowances for lodging and meals. Expenditures beyond that come out of the individual's pocket. Purchasing expensive electronics and keeping them at home is a red flag. At the very least, the UFA has negligent management practices. It is quite common for government employees to spend the tax payer dollars with abandon. After all, it's not their money.

  • goosehuntr Tooele, UT
    Aug. 24, 2016 9:02 a.m.

    Another case of poor judgement between needs and wants. Let's get a little more real. Responsibility in using tax payer money, and getting fat off that money... hmmmm, wonder which one is at the heart of the "use of public funds" here.

    But we are asked to ignore what seems to be the obvious just in case these were all possibly legit expenses.

    Not "buying" this one. Pun intended.

  • Ender Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 24, 2016 8:55 a.m.

    Jensen had good explanations. Was it excessive? Probably a little, but I don't see it as a big deal...

  • SAM1942 Casper, WY
    Aug. 24, 2016 8:41 a.m.

    Why weren't the charges stopped in 2011 when they started? Why wait for so many years????

    Draper UT

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Aug. 24, 2016 8:19 a.m.

    Perhaps there needs to be some sort of "taxpayer watchdog" that approves purchases, not just another fire executive. It is very appropriate that taxpayer funds be treated with the utmost respect and that strict accountability be enforced. Some of these purchases may indeed be appropriate, but many seem extremel questionable. The line of "someone wanted to meet us at this restaurant so we went there" is also fishy. If someone wants to meet me at an expensive restaurant, I simply tell them it's too expensive and we meet elsewhere. There should be some sort of limit per meal that is set and reasonable and they should be held to it. Something being on the taxpayers dime should not be an excuse for living high on the hog.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    Aug. 24, 2016 8:06 a.m.

    They should loose their jobs.

  • franc Kirkland, WA
    Aug. 24, 2016 6:19 a.m.

    He took SIX trips, 3 of them out of state for $6100 ?? Sounds pretty frugal to me. I'd love to take business trips that average $1000 each.

  • IQ92 hi, UT
    Aug. 24, 2016 1:17 a.m.

    "To obtain valuable information" is the cliche for 1,000's of junkets by Utah government employees each year. Apple watches are needed to check flight times.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Aug. 23, 2016 8:08 p.m.

    Living high on the hog off the taxpayers backs. Take anything questionable out of his pension. This has got to stop.