Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ethical Advocate complaints "closed"

I filed two complaints; one against APS COO Brad Winter, and one against Acting Chief of Police Steve Gallegos.

I alleged that Winter was hiding the truth about spending at 6400 Uptown Blvd.

An unidentified APS administrator, subordinate to Winter and APS Supt Winston Brooks, has determined,

Based on the information you have received, these are the dollar amounts for the construction of the John Milne Boardroom: construction: $384,450.00; IT: $150,240.53; furnishings: $22,595.77. It appears that you have received the information that was requested. This complaint is now closed.
If I have added their numbers correctly, they admit to total spending of $557,286.30. The Journal reported at the time, cost overruns alone of nearly $500K, link.

Yet, "case closed".

I filed an Ethical Advocate complaint against acting APS Chief of Police Steve Gallegos over his harassment of me when I went to APS' Employe Benefits to conduct personal business.

Part of the Ethical Advocate process is a proposed resolution and comment. Mine were;
How do you think this situation should be resolved?
First, I insist a fact gathering of witness statements and any records related to the unlawful arrest and ejection; including but not limited to any standing orders, written or otherwise regarding APS police force interaction with me.

Upon a candid, forthright and honest description of the incident and cogent facts, a final resolution can be determined.
Do you have any additional comments?
The APS police force has been used for years to harass me in retaliation and retribution for my efforts to blow the whistle on corruption and incompetence in the leadership of the APS. The effort involves administration at the highest level.

I was informed that my unlawful arrest and ejection from the gubernatorial debate at Eldorado High School resulted from orders by Winston Brooks personally.
An unidentified APS administrator, subordinate to Winston Brooks, has determined;
According to the APS Police Chief, you were not arrested on 2-28-12. There are no reports of any arrest on this date. According to the Chief, you had stated that your business with the Benefits Dept. was completed. You were then escorted out of the building. The Chief was involved in an emergency situation, which was also being reported by the media, and could not spend a great deal of time away from his office. This complaint is now closed.
I am prepared to testify that he asked me if my business was done and that I answered "no". The record will show he arrested me and ejected me from the building without provocation of any kind.

Yet, "case closed".

The appearances of conflicts of interest and impropriety are supposed to be addressed by an executive review of the administrative self-adjudication of complaints. They are supposed to review and approve every single complaint.
They promised they would; school board policy promised "review and approval" of any (and all) whistleblower complaints.

They have yet to review even one.

They are denying due process to well over 300 whistleblower complaints in order to cover up an ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.

Kent Walz and the Journal should be investigating and reporting upon credible allegations and evidence of public corruption and incompetence in the leadership of the APS; if only to report the allegations and evidence aren't credible.

They won't of course, it's not the way they roll.

photo Mark Bralley

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