The city of Inglewood Human Resources department is all over the place. It is clear they are paying bonuses and salaries to keep people quiet. After articles came out about Melanie McDade-Dickens being paid $312,000 a year, residents cried foul. Now she has another title as of a couple of months ago.
Mayor James Butts, her alleged boyfriend, defended her saying she was responsible for many key deals coming to the city. Somehow she also managed to become the Parking Manager over the more qualified Mario Inga, who has nearly three decades of experience. Now she has landed in ANOTHER management position with NO experience.
During a deposition, Melanie McDade explained her work experience included being a bank teller and former secretary. Her fortunes increased when she became Mayor Butts campaign manager/alleged lover. He has bestowed taxpayer dollars on her in a remarkable fashion. She has even earned positions her background say she’s not qualified for.
Department insiders share they were recently summoned to council chambers and informed that CFO David Esparza was no longer over the Inglewood Housing Authority and their NEW boss is Melanie McDade.
David Esparza was already part of a KCET expose on Housing Authority of City of Los Angeles misspending housing funds on his watch.
Previous department managers were Angie Pacheco, Harjinder Singh and Cecil Flournoy. Flournoy had extensive experience with the City of Carson. For whatever reason Flournoy didn’t pass probation. Apparently Flournoy was too focused on CDBG funds, which covers Section 8 vouchers, and the powers that be didn’t like it.
Employees are shook because they know they are really working for Mayor Butts, and not his “mouthpiece” McDade.
The Inglewood Housing Authority is known for co-mingling funds with the city’s general fund, which was previously made to give back $800k for disallowed expenditures. An audit uncovered the misuse. Clearly McDade is there to “keep the party going”.
According to a newly unearthed investigation, Mayor Butts’s government also mismanaged at least $800,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), funds that were meant to support Inglewood’s lowest income residents. Eventually, the city was forced to pay back $600,000 of that money.A 2016 audit from the US Housing and Urban Development Dept. fits into a larger pattern of questionable financial practices
A Sept 2016 HUD audit report details how Inglewood’s Housing Authority and its finance department “did not manage the financial operations of its programs in accordance with HUD rules.”
Melanie is your involvement with Mayor Butts worth possible jail time? It can’t be THAT good.