After years of graft and corruption in the City of Tucson, and City Council after City Council looking the other way, the City leaders have joined in a witch hunt. Councilperson Steve Kozachik and Regina Romero seized on the opportunity to look concerned and turn up the heat of the hunt.
The opportunistic witch hunt has had nearly devastating consequences for at least one city employee.
The public hunt began in earnest when the City Council decided to go to the voters with a request for a $100 million bond. Public sentiment was not going to support the ballot measure due to the public’s lack of faith in the City’s ability to spend their money responsibly especially on roads.
The City of Tucson’s streets administrator, Kurt Hough, has been on administrative leave for nearly nine months. Hough is paid $33.95 an hour. Since being on imposed leave, Mr. Hough has been paid $51,604.
Tucson Police are investigating whether city street maintenance workers improperly used city equipment and resources for personal gain. They are investigating city employees suspected of using city equipment and materials on freelance jobs.
According to sources, the investigation may lead to higher ups on the 10th floor who reportedly used the services of City workers to pave private property, but probably not.
Instead it will focus, with the help of the local paper on a handful of Tucson employees who seven years ago, momentarily watched porn during work hours.
A picture of the group of employees watching porn on a co-worker’s computer was turned over to authorities and a complaint was filed…. seven years later.
The City’s Manager Richard Miranda told one local paper, that the “incident underscores the city’s new approach to addressing employee conduct.”
City insiders believe that news of the City’s new approach should reassure voters that the City can be trusted with $100 million on roads.