Unified fire leaders lived 'culture of excess and entitlement' on taxpayer dime, auditor says
I would love to hear their explanations.They both should be investigated
and potentially criminally charged, if warranted.
@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.
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
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!
Sadly, these guys will get a slap on the wrist for their crimes...
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?
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.
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!
@ 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.
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.
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
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.
take that amount out of his retirement pay. Very bad example of public
employees abusing the system and trust.
The auditor is busy. League of cities and towns director is also being
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.
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.”
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.
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.