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Arnold Council Refuses to Pay for Independent Investigation

The council hired Protective & Investigative Services to conduct an investigation on a complaint by a city employee that she was harassed by a city councilman for more than two years.

The Arnold City Council has refused to pay for an independent investigation from a company it hired to investigate an employee's complaint about a hostile work environment.

. Boone says the harassment began after Moss' sister was fired from the Parks Department in 2010. 

At the council's last meeting, Ward 1 Councilwoman Doris Borgelt made a motion to remove the $6,800 payment to Protective & Investigative Services from the city's regular payment of bills. She called the report an "inferior product."

The council voted 5-to-3 in favor of the motion. Ward 2 Councilman Bill Moritz and Ward 3 Councilmen Phil Amato and Paul Freese voted against the motion.

Moss, Borgelt, Ward 4 Councilwoman Sandra Kownacki, Ward 2 Councilwoman Michelle Hohmeier and Ward 1 Councilwomen Cricky Lang voted in favor of the move.

Moritz asked City Attorney Bob Sweeney for his take on the matter.

"I think it looks like retaliation, but you've already done it," Sweeney said. "I would sue you."

In an interview after the meeting, Police Chief/Acting City Administrator Robert Shockey said the city attorney was probably right. "We'll get sued," he said.

Kevin Garrison of Protective and Investigative Services told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch there would be further action on the council's decision, but declined to elaborate.

The motion Borgelt made also included removing payment to Columbia Tree Service. Borgelt said the company, which was also hired by the city, did not have an Arnold business license.

Moritz said the tree service company, which has been used in the past, did the work it was asked to do and should be paid. 

"If someone made a mistake, it was the city," he said. "They did the service, pay the people, and then get the business license sorted out."

See previous articles: 

  • Cricky Lang: 'We Just Need to Get Past This'
  • Ken Moss: 'I Didn't Do Anything'
  • Moss Says He Was Asked to Resign in September
  • Arnold Park Director's Lawyer Files Second Complaint With State
  • Arnold Councilman to Call for Impeachment of Ken Moss?
  • Arnold Council Votes Down Acceptance of Harassment Investigation
  • Arnold Employee Files Harassment Complaint Against Councilman
albert yeager January 08, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Question. Why wasn't this done up before these people were hired and performed a function???? Why are we going to penalize them for our representatives' errors?
Linda Van de Riet January 09, 2013 at 05:06 AM
Doris seems to be in hot water on a constant basis. On top of spying on businesses in Arnold (allegedly of course), she and the rest of this mess of a Council are refusing to pay businesses for a job they've done after the Council voted for them to perform that job. Would you really want to do business or set up a business in Arnold? Would Doris like it if Arnold refused to pay her as Mayor? Vote "no" for Doris as Mayor!
JC Penknife January 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Imagine that you hire a contractor to work on your house, say to build a deck. If the contractor builds a shoddy, substandard deck, and gives you a bill that is 3x more than the estimate, would you pay it? Remember that we were told that this investigation would cost $2,000.
Sheri Gassaway January 10, 2013 at 11:55 PM
"We" were told? "We" as in the city council?
Doris Borgelt January 11, 2013 at 01:27 PM
It was stated at the council meeting by Chief Shockey that the investigation would cost $2000.

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