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The Useless Audit

Will we ever know what happened? Not likely, unless, Mr. Tyre decides to write his memoirs, after he retires of course.

The word is back from the external audit of the Hilton Impact fee issue. The outside audit firm Mayor, Hoffman McCann P.C. concluded there were no improprieties. This external audit only looked at the auditing methods used in previously evaluating the impropriety and random sampled impact fee cases. 

Cost $50,000. 

All of which goes to show if you narrowly draw the external audit parameters you can pretty much get the results you want. 

St. Petersburg tax payers are $50,000 poorer, Don Tyre, the guy with the short memory who cut the Hilton the break, is still drawing his salary and headed for a retirement ride on the tax payers dime and we still don't know what happened. 

Another attempt to bury the issue failed. Council member Danner wanted a Resolution that essential excused  Tyre from any "guilt", never mind the fact he IS the guy who made the change. Wisely Council did not side with Danner. 

I am sure there are a lot people at City Hall, Including the Mayor that would like to see this issue go away. But I don't think it will. 

Why would you keep Tyre on the payroll? He committed an improper act. 

Why not just fire him? 

OHHHHH he might sue. Really? 

Let's get this thing into court and see if Mr. Tyre will incriminate himself in front of a judge. In my limited experience with the legal system, a faulty memory is not usually a good defense. 

I don't think anyone in the administration wants to see this thing in the legal system. That is likely why the Police Department was never asked to investigate. The threat of some jail time might seriously refresh Mr. Tyre's memory. 

Mr. Tyre is still on the payroll because it is in somebody or somebody's' best interest to leave him there. 

The Mayor has no stomach for these issues, City Council has had more than enough, the taxpayers have been denied both money and justice, Mr. Tyre is seemingly safe and secure in his job: nothing is right in this world. 

Will we ever know what happened? Not likely, unless, Mr. Tyre decides to write his memoirs, after he retires of course. 

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sparky November 09, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Don Tyre is one of the best engineers in the building department. One of the most knowledgable as well. If he says he does not remember, I believe him. What about denials by each of his superiors, I haven't heard from them since they are silent. Why have they not been asked directly and publicly. It's likely Tyre got orders from Higher up. I would elect Tyre toMayor before I would vote for Foster and his pirates again.
Doc Webb's Bay Post November 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Don Tyre is he really a good engineer? Coming from an engineering background myself, a good memory is key to being a good engineer. That is especially true when someone is telling you break the rules. What amazes me is Mr. Tyre's unwillingness to be honest with the people who pay him - the public. When you work as a professional there are expected ethical commitments, but when you work as a professional in public service you should feel obligated to higher degree of professionalism and honesty. Really "good" engineers do the right thing. Mr. Tyre does not quite measure up.
sparky November 11, 2012 at 02:51 PM
You fail to ask WHO above Tyre gave him direction or asked him to quickly sign off. Any number of people could have walked into his cubicle and said sign these form for me and among them was the controversial one. Someone aboveTyre, say RICK DUNN the Chief Building Official should be put under Oath. Rick Dunn got his job by pushing an outsider out as CBO and is less than honorable and knows that he keeps his job because he keeps city hall happy. You editorial is short sighted and prejudiced.
Doc Webb's Bay Post November 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Short sighted maybe. Prejudiced definitely. I am strongly prejudiced regarding anyone who exploits their position of trust as a public official and fails to own up to it. The reported facts were the amount was correctly calculated, but the correct amount was marked out and altered by Mr. Tyre. To me that kind of effort is hard to forget. As a matter of fact I am asking WHO gave the order. I am asking Mr. Tyre. He knows and I feel he is holding out to keep his job. Why don't they fire him? Most likely because they lose the leverage that keeps him quiet. Mr. Tyre can send me the name in an e-mail and I'll follow it up. I think it is way past time to bring in the PD White Collar Crime unit and let them take a whack at finding out what went on.
sparky November 12, 2012 at 03:27 PM
So if Tyre remembers, I don't think he does, he points a finger and is out of work. YOU advocate never asking his superiors to tell the truth or face the consequences. Where is that Pacino clip from scent of a woman? Bad values on your part, you are no better than the administration in this.
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