Deputy – Finance & Administration
An audit requested by the Richmond City Council of an $18 million information-technology system project has struggled to get off the ground because city officials have dragged their feet in providing necessary access to the system and interviews with workers, the city auditor said.
Dalal said the auditor’s office has access to all those records according to the city charter, adding that his work has been stymied by “stalling tactics” from the administration, including meetings that were postponed for weeks and documentation that has not been supplied. Link
….Though Mackey told council members the company did not agree with Bashy’s complaints, he said in an interview outside the council chambers that he couldn’t say whether Bashy’s allegations had any merit…. timesdispatch.com
2012 Apr 04. Over the past six years, the amount of uncollected personal property and business license taxes by the city of Richmond has increased to about $15 million, according to a report released today by the City Auditor’s Office.
The city also “overcollected” $83,000 in interest on delinquent accounts, the report says…. timesdispatch.com
From the report:
The Revenue Administration Division needs improvements to effectively and efficiently carry out
its fiduciary responsibilities and maximize revenue collections. Current deficiencies are potentially resulting in a loss of substantial uncollected and un-assessed revenues.
The City Auditor’s staff did not find organized documentation that can be used to determine the productivity of this Unit.
significantly low productivity
most of the assessments and collections resulted from only three of the seven positions.
|collections||$25,000 ($3,500 per Tax Auditor)||$5,000,000 ($500,000 per Tax Auditor)|
|audits||32 audits (5 audits per Tax Auditor)||2,500 audits (250 per Tax Auditor)|
Audit Unit was unable to present any evidence if they completed any audits between October 2008 and August 2010.
significant risk of under-reporting or non-reporting of business personal property tax.
could have generated $1.3 million from administrative fees on delinquent accounts
overcollected $83,000 in interest on delinquent accounts
poor customer service
significant inconvenience to the Richmond Citizens |….12-0|….
In fact, there have been number of openings in Richmond’s Finance Department over the last few months.
The positions include Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Director of Finance, Deputy Director of Finance, City Controller and City Economist.
Eric M. Tucker, hired in April as deputy chief administrative officer for finance and administration, resigned last week effective today “based on a mutually agreed upon decision,” said Tammy D. Hawley, press secretary to the mayor.
Tucker also had been serving as interim finance director following the resignation of Barbara Reese in August.
via Richmond Times-Dispatch.
New leadership for Richmond | Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones filled three major holes in his administration Thursday in announcing appointments of a deputy chief administrative officer, a director of economic development and a director of parks.
Richmond mayor announces three key appointments | Richmond Times-Dispatch.
City of Richmond fills 3 key positions | Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones lost a key player in his administration yesterday when Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Marcus D. Jones was tapped to be city manager of Norfolk.
via timesdispatch.com Will Jones.