City of Carson Director of Human Resources & Risk Management Faye Moseley had to explain to the city’s Director of Finance and City Manager a questionable travel reimbursement request related to the interviewing of a candidate for the position of Principal Administrative Analyst. The May 14, 2020 email details how the top candidates for city manager were then considered for the lesser position.
According to Moseley, the city recruited for the position of City Manager from August 14, 2019 through October 3, 2019. Due to the city council defunding the position and instead funding Principal Administrative Analyst, the HR department recruited for the new position between November 26, 2019 through April 29, 2020. Moseley provided no explanation for why the recruitment lasted twice as long for the analyst position than that of city manager.
Darryl LeTroy Bell was flown out to the city of Carson to interview for the Principal Administrative Analyst position on January 21, 2020, via an American Airlines flight that originated in Chicago, IL. The roundtrip ticket cost was $455 + $80.59 in taxes.
He stayed in a hotel room in the Doubletree by Hilton Carson located adjacent to Carson City Hall. The total cost was $182.07.
These expenses wouldn’t be of concern had Ms. Moseley not paid for these costs out of her pocket, and then sought reimbursement from Carson taxpayers.
Bell has a troubled history with his previous employers, most recently being suspended on July 14, 2020, for improper payments to a city vendor and himself.
Bell was forced to resign from the Chief Administrative Officer position in the city of Baton Rouge in 2017 for questions surrounding contents of his resume.
And in 2016 Bell had his employment terminated as city manager of the city of Walla Walla for not meeting performance expectations.
“While Troy has many positive attributes, the alignment of his skills and job expectations were not what was hoped for,” City Manager Nabiel Shawa wrote in a Monday email to the Union-Bulletin. He declined to provide more specific reasons for the termination.
It is unclear if the Carson Human Resources department did their homework on Bell before offering him the position of Principal Administrative Analyst which he declined.
“I have concerns about the city’s hiring practices specifically dealing with the questionable expenses related to this applicant,” said Ana Meni, President, AFSCME Local 809. “In my nearly 24 years of working for the city of Carson I have never known the city to pay for travel for non upper management positions.”
Meni further explained to 2UrbanGirls that she found it troublesome that Bell was given a tour of restricted areas of city hall, normally only accessible to city employees, prior to his interview questioning if other applicants were afforded the same opportunity.
“I was taught by my first boss City Clerk Helen Kawagoe that we have a responsibility to be good stewards of taxpayers money,” said Meni. “The lack of transparency has led the city to have to financially settle personnel related matters and they obviously haven’t learned their lesson.”
None of the members from city council were available for comment on why Moseley was reimbursed for this request nor was City Manager Sharon Landers who approved Moseley’s request.
The nefarious request was occurring simultaneously as non-essential city employees were being sent home to collect unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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