Modesto city offices have been purchasing millions of dollars in goods and services that were not authorized by the City Council.
The first offense began in September 2014, when the council authorized spending $350,000 over five years to pay two firms to conduct background checks for potential new hires in the police department. City staff spent nearly $164,000 more than the approved amount.
The city then spent $2.2 million more for asphalt repair work than was authorized by the council, and spent more than $113,000 for printing, mailing and similar services.
Additionally, a report found that the city’s purchasing department approved two investigation contracts totaling more than $390,000 without council approval.
City officials have blamed former employees and the purchasing division for the unapproved spending. (Source: The Modesto Bee, November 13.)