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Posted on December 9, 2014
Tallahassee Reports received an anonymous tip detailing “unfair practices” with the City’s procurement process. The tip addressed the relationship between the Manager of Procurement Services at the City of Tallahassee and a City vendor.
Through independent research Tallahassee Reports has learned that Andre Libroth, the Manager of Procurement Services for the City of Tallahassee has a significant work history with a company that has been recommended by City staff to receive a $3 million contract to upgrade and maintain human resources and financial management software.
Based on information provided in the agenda item, the contract was not put out for bid. Instead, staff told Tallahassee Reports that the City is using Ciber, Inc. based on parameters in a Florida state contract.
Cities are allowed to enter into contracts with Florida state vendors if the contracts were the result of a competitive bid.
Mr. Libroth, who worked on the procurement of this specific contract has been employed by Ciber, Inc. during two periods of time over the last 24 years.
From 1991-2002, Mr. Libroth served as a project director with Ciber, Inc.
From 2002 until 2007, Mr. Libroth was a Senior Manager with the City of Tallahassee. During this time, in 2006, documents show Ciber consultants worked with the City on the upgrade of the human resources management system.
Mr. Libroth went back to work for Ciber, Inc. after leaving the City in 2007 and worked with the information company until 2012. During this time, in 2008, documents show Ciber consultants worked with City on the upgrade of the financial management system.
Mr. Libroth was hired again by the City in 2012 as a Financial Systems Analysts and in October, 2013 accepted the Manager of Procurement Services position with the City.
Mr. Libroth’s online work history shows no specific experience in procurement processes before his current position with the City.
Mr. Libroth told Tallahassee Reports that “I did not choose the vendor in this contract, that was done by our information systems department.”
When asked about procurement policies that address potential conflicts of City employees with previous employers, Mr. Libroth said he was not aware of any specific policies that address that issue.
Further research found that Ciber Inc. is represented at the state level by Don DeLoach who is a registered legislative lobbyist. Mr DeLoach is a former City of Tallahassee employee who retired his position as the Chief Information Officer in 2010.
The City Commission is scheduled to vote on the contract at the December 10th meeting.