Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 | The “vetting” that took place yesterday during the City Council’s selection of the Audit Committee was quite the dog and pony show. Can anyone honestly say that any of the council members were actually undecided about who they wanted to select to that committee prior to that production. The best part about it was the majority of the questions were not even relevant. Who honestly cares what an audit member thinks about Sarbanes-Oxley Act? That will have zero impact on this committee’s findings.

Moreover, is this committee being assembled to solve issues with the implementation of the ERP system, or are they charged with auditing the city’s financial disclosures? The direct questions from some the council members oozed with so much pretense and ego that I can’t even begin. Granted, there were a few council members who didn’t speak up, and I assume this because they agreed this meeting was superfluous. However, shame on you for allowing it to proceed. And the kicker to all of this was how much the council members congratulated each other on the great job they did. They were all so pleased at what they accomplished. Unfortunately for us, City Council’s standard for “greatness” will be set pretty low again this term. Three hours to decide on something that was already decided. Great work indeed.

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