Well fellow taxpayers here's why money was an issue in the first place.
A local television station reported recently that:
"an outside investigation into retaliation claims will cost the city of Charlotte more than $200,000.
Former arson investigator Crystal Eschert claimed she was fired after raising concerns about safety in a fire department building.The city claimed Eschert was fired over posts she made on Facebook and hired outside attorney Allison Van Laningham to investigate the claims.
Van Laningham’s report found no direct evidence, but that it was possible Eschert was the subject of retaliation.
A few weeks earlier the same station reported "that the city announced changes to improve the Charlotte Fire Department after another review found low morale and a culture of fear in the department.
Over the next 6-8 months, an advisory committee will implement a performance evaluation for managers, enhance communication in the department and develop a survey to get employee fee
A copy of the invoice that runs just over $214,000.00 is here.
City Manager Ron Carlee hasn't released the report but the invoice give a hint at where the investigation was headed.
Interesting to note that the Greensboro attorney Van Laningham bills at a $300.00 per hour rate even while traveling to and from Charlotte in additional to a 57 cents mileage rate.
So lets have a little "flash back":
You might recall CP's post about connecting the dots (Nothing Showing) back in February.
The payments to Van Laningham from the City of Greensboro has been reported to be just shy of $400,000.00.
Shan-Khan's time at Greensboro came to an abrupt end after a 90 minute emergency closed door council meeting in which he tendered his resignation. At question was the issuing of a $750,000.00 city check without a signed contract.