A month after Tallahassee Reports published a series of stories about the City of Tallahassee connections with family members of City Commissioner Nancy Miller, the City Auditor has initiated a special audit to look into some of those connections.
Specifically, Auditor Bert Fletcher is looking into approximately $450,000 paid to DPB & Associates between October 2014 and May 2017. DPB & Associates is connected to Commissioner Miller through her brother-in-law, Rich Buss, who is a principal in the company.
TR reported about these expenditures on June 28, 2017.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported Tuesday that Auditor Bert Fletcher said the decision to conduct a “special audit inquiry” was based on information brought to the attention of the Auditor’s Office and the city’s independent ethics officer.
The audit will address the approval of a continuing services agreement for eight companies -which included DPB & Associates – that could be hired to conduct civil site work engineering.
Continuing service agreements give city staff the authority to choose the vendor based on qualifications and are not based on competitive pricing bids for each project.