Scathing audit says ex-chiefs overbilled, hid expenses

Unified fire leaders lived 'culture of excess and entitlement' on taxpayer dime, auditor says

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  • benny02 slc, ut
    Jan. 19, 2017 10:05 a.m.

    I would love to hear their explanations.
    They both should be investigated and potentially criminally charged, if warranted.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 19, 2017 8:45 a.m.

    @fitnessFreak;
    "UTA is the best example I can think of, although this nonsense from UFD ranks right near the top!"

    UTA gave all others the blueprint for ripping off taxpayers. After all the tens millions misdirected to cronies. After all the taxpayer paid European vacations. After all the side deals that made members wealthy- nothing happened! Why wouldn't any other agency think they could get away with the same corruption, only on a smaller scale? There are zero consequences.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Jan. 19, 2017 8:30 a.m.

    What has happened with honesty, integrity and just plain honesty? If there is not immediate punishment(whatever you want to call it) it will eventually be smoothed out and they will get away with this. I think they should all be fired and never allowed to work for this agency again. What a disgrace...and they should have to repay all of this back. There should be no coddeling and sympathy..they are grown men and their actions have proved they cannot be trusted.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2017 8:16 a.m.

    Entities run by "boards" (of directors) are really no better than the oversight that "board" gives them.

    In most cases, these boards are nothing more than a rubber stamp for ANYTHING the bosses choose to do.

    UTA is the best example I can think of, although this nonsense from UFD ranks right near the top!

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 19, 2017 7:58 a.m.

    Sadly, these guys will get a slap on the wrist for their crimes...

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2017 7:14 a.m.

    Jensen purchased $1600 in technology over five years? That should astound us? I recall reading reports in the newspapers for the past few years of the bonuses paid to UFA management. I'm not sure why the Board or Dougall should be surprised.

    Anybody else think that Dougall is making a run for another political office? He's trying to be very public. Typically, an auditor releases his reports quietly and without fanfare, particularly so if potential criminal violations are present. Due process is harder to come by when the public sees one side of the story long before any charges are filed. What is Dougall's end game?

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 18, 2017 11:06 p.m.

    I still don't understand why we needed a Unified Fire Authority, or a Unified Police Department. We already had a County Fire Department and County Sheriff Office. With proper agreements between cities and the County we should have been fine at that. But they wanted another level of bureaucracy that would allow for this kind of malfeasance.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2017 10:33 p.m.

    Fullypresent,

    I'd rather have successful people who know how to run things get onboard with running our country. Don't you think that sounds like a good idea?

    If we bring in lobbyist and career politicians who are trying to get rich by cutting themselves into deals like the Clintons, Harry Reid, and plenty of other guys then we get more of the same.

    If Trump wanted to spend his life on the golf course then he could. I don't think he is coming to the White House to live large like the Obamas did. Woo hoo free vacations and golf.

    If Trump does 10% of his 100 day plan then it's a home run!

  • not here COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
    Jan. 18, 2017 9:42 p.m.

    @ Impartial7-Draper UT Sir: And you wonder why you have such a high rate of white collar. Well sir, it's like this, once your in the good ole boys club, it's not a big deal, and if your caught, because the rest of the club is there to protect you from the law. And if you don't believe that, then you have not been keeping up with he news. And I hate to say this, but, I think your right about what will happen to them.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2017 6:28 p.m.

    Red - Salt Lake City.
    Trump is filling the swamp with billionaires not draining it. Rich people always have a certain level of entitlement, some more than others, and feel the rules do not apply to them. One of them didn't pay taxes on a household employee he had. It wasn't like he couldn't afford to.

    Boy, that is some bad behavior for people that the public has supported as some of the heroes out there. They should have to pay back every time of what they took whether they have to work it off or it comes out of their retirement. That is what happens when people think they are above the law. Look at what goes on in Washington from the same kind of attitudes. Or, in Utah with white collar crime.

  • goosehuntr Tooele, UT
    Jan. 18, 2017 4:54 p.m.

    Well. How about that for our uniformed thieves at the UFD. Sorry, but stuff like this makes me vomit. These are some extensive findings. Wonder how many more like this are out there on the tax payer's dime. $100,000.00 each is not enough.

    Wow.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2017 4:45 p.m.

    if you want to buy lots of stuff then get a job that doesn't spend the publics money. Start your own silly company and buy yourself whatever you want.

    The reason we need to drain the swamp of Washington is this mentality is ingrained into most public servants. They feel entitled to rip off America.

    Thankfully Trump...even though he isn't perfect is going to go to work calling a spade a spade. He isn't going to go along with the public scam and that is what makes the insiders nervous. The gig is up!

    These two should be fined beyond the $100k they stole.

  • Outside-View Federal Way, WA
    Jan. 18, 2017 4:19 p.m.

    take that amount out of his retirement pay. Very bad example of public employees abusing the system and trust.

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    Jan. 18, 2017 3:25 p.m.

    The auditor is busy. League of cities and towns director is also being investigated

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2017 1:57 p.m.

    Frequently, dishonesty like this is due to bad behavior by previous holders of the same public offices - monkey see, monkey do. Mr. Dougall should go back a few years and research records of these two men's predecessors.

  • Wyomex Burlington, WY
    Jan. 18, 2017 1:38 p.m.

    There are four big lies - sometimes written as “lize” that people use to justify wrong actions.

    MINIMALIZE/lies - It’s just a little thing, it won’t matter.

    COMPARTMENTALIZE/lies - What happens here, stays here.

    MARGINALIZE/lies - It’s on the fringes, so who cares.

    And, the granddaddy of them all:

    RATIONALIZE/lies - Whatever you want it to be.

    Sometimes, several lize/lies are bunched together. “Oh, it’s just a little thing and it really only applies to my situation, so it is not a problem, besides, since you’ve never been in my shoes, you wouldn’t understand that I really did need/want/do these things.”

  • McTaylor Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2017 1:20 p.m.

    Ridiculous. While I know there are many public organizations that run well, this one seems to be an organization with one too many bad apples... which unfortunately were in the leadership.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 18, 2017 12:18 p.m.

    More Utah white colar crime.
    "Dougall is recommending Jensen and Scott pay back more than $100,000 each for "improperly justifying" four years worth of "incentive awards" that were not approved by the Unified Fire Authority board, as well as thousands more dollars in "excessive" and "questionable" travel expenditures, the audit states."

    If you or I stole 100K from our employer, we'd be in prison for 15+years. These guys will be defended as "good family men" that made a mistake (many times over). Then, they'll be sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to pay $10,000. And Utahn's wonder why we have such a high rate of white collar crime.