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"When the public sees these findings, it's like it's a big party up there for management," says Councilman Charlie Tygard.
Concerns have heightened ever since a state audit released last month uncovered 14 problems inside the electric utility.
"Hopefully the process we are going through will serve as a lesson, and going forward we won't have this issue come up again," says Council member Phil Claiborne.
The audit revealed a $17 million contract was not competitively bid, and a transformer was leased in exchange for hotel rooms and golf passes.
"At what point in our society can fraudulent actions occur, and someone still maintain their employment?" asks Tygard.
The NES Board Chairman Ron McCabe says the utility has adopted a plan to fix the problems and has already implemented most of it.
"Rest assured that the NES board and management take the findings very seriously, and we are committed to addressing control weaknesses within the company," says McCabe.
Concerned citizen Ken Jakes isn't convinced.
"The philosophy at NES is anything goes, they are not above the law," says Jakes.
Jakes believes it is time for a change in leadership, and is calling for the firing of President Decosta Jenkins.
"I am dedicated, I am committed and I am going to see this through until it gets to the U.S. District Attorney's Office, and I don't think he'll see this public corruption as something to be swept under the carpet," says Jakes.
One step NES has taken is limiting the number of company credit cards. There used to be 160 cards, now NES only has 11. You can find all our WASTE WATCH stories on Fox17.com. Just go to HOT TOPICS and click on WASTE WATCH. You can also submit your ideas for WASTE WATCH stories in that same section.
Tuesday, February 5 2013, 12:04 AM CST
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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