Yep. They flock together.
Not only that, the county commissioners doubled down. Remember the article about “Who Audits the Auditors”? Click here.
Well, now the commissioners just approved to continue the contract. FOR SIX MORE YEARS. With a pay raise. The approval was consent agenda item C on September 18, 2018 for $40,150. Per year.
Nothing to see here taxpayers. Move along. Commissioners do not care about the lack of integrity, ethics and character of McMahan and Associates, an Eagle County-based auditing firm. They are fine continuing to work with the unseemly CPA firm.
Remember, that CPA firm signed an agreement per contract and promised to not use our legal opinion (value $14K), yet nonetheless leveraged the findings with other western slope counties:
On February 21, 2018, Chief Deputy Karschner emailed the opinion from Mr. Klenda to Mr. Miller. In the subject heading and the body of his email to Mr. Miller, Chief Deputy Karschner reminded Mr. Miller that the information was “strictly confidential and not to be transmitted or distributed to any auditor or other person who is not directly involved in performing or supervising the performance of the audit of Routt County.” Mr. Miller replied back saying, “we will keep this information confidential.” The reason our office demanded confidentiality was to protect the investment the county was making by gaining this legal opinion. Unfortunately, that confidentiality was breached by McMahan & Associates.
Several other counties in Colorado represented by McMahan & Associates were dealing with the same SOT question. The Garfield County Treasurer and County Attorney received an email from McMahan & Associates partner Paul Backes who states “We recently received an extensive seven page analysis from another County’s attorney’s office that goes into quite a bit of detail regarding Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District v. Witwer, 116 p. 2d 200 (Colo. 1941).”
The analysis Mr. Backes references is the one provided Routt County by Klenda Gessler and Blue, LLC. This is a clear violation of our confidentiality agreement with Matthew Miller and proves that McMahan and Associates is using the legal opinion paid for by Routt County to consult with other counties on this matter.
Shameful. Egregious. Wasteful. Only to be rewarded by our local politicians.
These commissioners are in it together, in unison. Unanimous in abusing power and controlling what they think is best for you. Remember when we left the Brits for the land of the free?
Routt County politicians vote in a bloc, retaining their power and working against taxpayer interests. This year alone, only Doug and Tim voted against the other two. One time only.
Their history is a textbook example of mob behavior: A mindless crowd acting as one. Individuals abandoning their personal responsibility and consciences to a monolithic groupthink—to do together what none would dare do alone. Hiding behind conformity.
Here’s the scorecard of how the commissioners have voted for the last four years. Cari Hermacinski (R), Doug Monger (D) and Tim Corrigan (D).
*Total motions for action items only. Votes for consent agenda and warrants not included.
Votes Matter. Integrity Matters. But do Routt County Taxpayers Matter? Not so much.
And icing on the cake: Now the commissioners are offloading their responsibility to even pay for their contracted responsibility of the $14k invoice for the legal opinion requested by the auditors. The commissioners are charging those legal fees to the Treasurer’s Office, despite the fact that it’s not even a responsible party on the contract. Imperious overreach. But nobody’s holding them accountable.