During an audit, we noted that the employee wage amounts included on the Personal Action Form did not always agree to the actual current pay of the employee. We recommend the City review its policies and procedures over payroll to ensure that the documentation included in the employee’s personnel file agrees to the actual amounts being paid.
SURPRISE AUDIT HISTORY
The city has undergone several major audits in recent years, uncovering a decade of financial missteps and poor practices. Here’s a summary of the major audits and reports released to date.
Tony Lombardo The Arizona Republic Dec. 11, 2007 08:46 AM
Surprise City Council members have scheduled interviews Thursday with an investigator from the Attorney General’s Office to discuss possible violations of the Arizona Open Meeting Law.
The state began investigating council actions after City Manager Jim Rumpeltes in June accused council members of meeting outside public view.
The Arizona Republic
Dec. 18, 2007 09:18 AM
Surprise’s beleaguered city manager announced his retirement Monday, two months after Mayor Joan Shafer said she wanted him fired by the time she steps down at year’s end.
Jim Rumpeltes, who’s been with Surprise six years, has been shrouded in controversy for months.
Vukanovich says mayor should operate as city’s CEO
The Arizona Republic Jul. 31, 2007 01:59
Surprise mayoral candidate Bob Vukanovich attends nearly every City Council meeting, often criticizing the city’s leaders openly. The 78-year-old resident and former councilman considers his outspoken attitude a reason to get residents’ votes. “I’m the only one who can rattle the cage hard enough,” Vukanovich said the mayor should have a strong role in leading the city, and should operate as the CEO.
This is not a new view for Vukanovich. While he represented District 5, from 2001 to 2004, he supported granting more power to the mayor and council, and allowing them to fire certain department heads. Under the city code, only the city manager has the power to hire and fire department heads.
Vukanovich was recalled in 2004 in part for seeking the power to fire department heads, losing in the recall election to current Councilman Joe Johnson.
As mayor, Vukanovich said he would keep a close watch to make sure all city departments were “operating efficiently.” He suggests creating a committee to audit the efficiency of city departments and to ensure everyone is keeping up with city responsibilities.
Before tackling the city’s growth problem, Vukanovich said leaders should first improve transportation. Vukanovich said he would want Bell Road repaired on a faster schedule, and he wants a dependable bus system.
In terms of business, Vukanovich said he would like to see an entertainment center “like Disneyland” to serve recreational needs in the city.
In 2000, Vukanovich faced problems with the city, receiving public-nuisance violation notices for deteriorated and dilapidated structures and zoning violations at his swap-meet business in Surprise. It has since shut down.
Vukanovich said his past problems with the city would not hurt his campaign today, and he vowed not to shy away from the issues.
Vukanovich admits he is a man of few words, but said he is always a straight shooter.
20 hours ago • Ronald J. Hansen The Arizona Republic
New Fort Collins Deputy City Manager/Chief Operating Officer Announced Released on Friday, March 7, 2014 City Manager Darin Atteberry has named Jeff Mihelich as Fort Collins’ new Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer. Mihelich begins on April 2, with a starting salary of $170,000.
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The Arizona Republic
Dec. 27, 2007 06:47 AM
Raises for Surprise City Council members will take effect Tuesday, the day that newly elected leaders take office.
Council members are receiving a bump up of 15 percent, while the vice mayor gets a 13 percent raise and the mayor a 7 percent hike. Salaries for the council and the vice mayor will be $20,242. The mayor will be paid $34,030.
Tennis Court At the council meeting last night, March 22,2007 I made the point that the city started this project with $4,710,000. After the first contract that was for $1,247,656 they had a balance of $3,051,524.17. Where did $410,829,17 go. Councilman Joe Johnson told me “MONEY IS GONE”. City official told me that the money is accountable for, I cannot verify this.
Original Townsite 1/18/07
The 10% slush fund can now be used for the revitalization in any part of the city.
COUNCIL MEETING BEING HELD ON DEC.28,2006 AT 6:00 P.M. ITEM #17 CONSIDERATION AND ACTION ON DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTION TO CLASSIFY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AS HAVING FULL TIME STATUS. FULL TIME STATUS WILL NOT BE CLEARLY DEFINED.
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It seems highly unusual that the court can now hire high paid, associate and pro-tem judges without the approval of the City Council. I understand they do not work under a contract, even our part time lawyers have a contract. When I was on the Council the court had to get our approval to hire security officers. Thank you….Bob 3/13/07 no reply
I have had discussions with both the City manager and AC manager, about my concerns about the engineering department.
Do any of us know what we have payed, in engineering consultants? We now pay what they call pre-construction consultants. Who I am told by staff verifies that what we receive from the architect is viable, one contract recently was for almost $700,000. A council member took this off the consent items but did not receive the right answer
Attachments: Iris Groundbreaking Press Release.doc (258 KB) IRIS Groundbreaking Program and Map.pdf (548.5 KB)
Attached please find a news release and program from IRIS USA announcing the ground breaking for their manufacturing, distribution and Western U.S. Regional Headquarters in Surprise. Surprise elected officials and city staff will be in attendance to celebrate our new business neighbor.
IRIS USA represents a nearly $40 million investment, 100 new jobs and $800,000 of new city revenues in the first year of operations.
When: Thursday, May 21, 11 a.m. Where: Skyway Business Park, Surprise (please see map in attached program)
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Surprise, AZ (February 11, 2016) The city of Surprise, in partnership with GateWay Community College, broke ground today on the future site of the Surprise-GateWay Training Center, a facility that will provide new, mission critical labs, assembly facilities and classrooms for city water professionals and individuals interested in water resource management careers.
The 13,100 square foot training center is being constructed on the grounds of the South Plant (SPA1) Water Reclamation Facility, located near the intersection of Cactus and Litchfield roads. SPA1 currently processes over 8 million gallons of water per day.
When completed, GateWay Community College enrollees in the West Valley will have an opportunity to train adjacent to professional staff and experience the complete water reclamation and treatment process for both groundwater and drinking water.
Construction on the Surprise-GateWay Training Center is anticipated to be completed this summer and training opportunities opening as early as this fall.
For information about the training center, call 623.222.6000.
The Republic | azcentral.com
Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:17 PM
The fighter-jet training program underscores the importance of the military and the defense industry to the state’s economy, Weiers said.
How many F-35s will be based at Luke?
144 F-35s are expected.
Six squadrons The 61st Squadron, which goes by the nickname “Top Dogs,” is the first of six F-35 squadrons
A: Luke will serve as the Air Force’s primary training site for F-35 pilots.
The transition at Luke from its F-16 pilot-training program to the F-35 pilot-training program will increase the base’s personnel by about 2,300 — to 9,200, according to the Air Force.
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