Thursday, December 05, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! INSIDER: GENERAL SERVICES ENDURED EPIC FAIL UNDER EARNEST ROUSE!!! MAYOR & COUNCIL VOTE HIM INTERIM CITY MANAGER NOW!!!
Once again OUR KICK-ASS BLOG COMMUNITY broke this news FIRST and now insiders offer a perspective and INFO that other local outlets have kept silent.
To wit . . .
INSIDERS FEAR THE EARNEST ROUSE EPIC LEGACY OF FAIL AS HE TAKES INTERIM CONTROL OF THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE!!!
Round-up: Earnest Rouse, becomes the third African American to serve as city manager, has served as assistant city manager and director of general services for KCMO since 2011.
Now, for the record and hidden deep in the archives at 12th & Oak. Here's some of his handiwork as a city hall department head:
General Services’ Payment Process Should Better Protect Public Resources
Money line . . .
"The General Services Department made payment errors which should have been caught during the review and approval process. Vendors were paid twice for the same invoice, wrong vendors were paid, and taxes were paid. Incorrect payments waste city resources.
"The timeliness of General Services payments has declined and some payments have been late. Vendors’ and General Services’ actions have caused payment delays. Vendors sent invoices to the wrong locations and/or did not include a purchase order number on their invoices. General Services employees did not approve vouchers or resolve match exceptions timely, and did not know how to enter requisitions correctly. In addition, General Services divisions did not create receivers, create change orders, or forward copies of invoices soon enough to ensure timely payments."
"The department paid more for goods and services than necessary. Discounts were lost because pay terms were incorrect or payments were not made within the discount period. Some invoices were paid too soon because staff selected “due now” rather than entering the due date from the invoices. Late fees were incurred when payments were not made on time."
Here's the word from KC Insiders highlighted over all . . .
"The guy is a disaster and doesn't seem to want the job. That's understandable because he's also totally unqualified for it. There were other candidates better suited for the interim position but, as usual, politics was a big part of the decision. The Mayor was sending a message with this selection and that isn't lost on those of us who have had to deal with this kind of incompetence year after year."
As always and in fairness, we offer an opposing statement from Mayor Lucas:
“Mr. Rouse understands fiscal responsibility, our core mission to deliver basic services for our residents, and is known throughout the organization as a strong, experienced mentor, leader and supervisor,” said Mayor Lucas. “Mr. Rouse – who has served the past 30 years in a variety of roles and departments within the Kansas City government – will bring important perspective to the city manager’s office as we work to make Kansas City a quality, safe, and affordable place to live for all.”
The vote to approve is likely, however . . . This post stands as a warning as the selection process becomes even more heated behind the scenes.
Developing . . .