Fishy county computer deals

By From page A5 | March 12, 2014


The Board of Supervisors has been hiding undesirable business items under Consent Calendar No. 1 at its most recent meetings.

A prime example was on Tuesday (March 4), where there were very strange last-minute revisions made to a former August, 2013 contract with Gordian Group for a Job Order Cost System that had a maximum cost of $500,000 in August.

The Job Order Cost System was to prepare a rather simple relational database software system and consulting services to tell the county’s inexperienced Facilities Manager Russ Fackrell what to do. Today (March 4), this $500,000 contract instantly became a $2 million contract, or so we thought until during the board meeting proceedings — the contract amount was verbally doubled on the fly by Assistant CAO Kim Kerr to $4 million. What?

This is the Gordian Group contract to cover for the very inexperienced County Facilities Manager Russ Fackrell. Supposedly the Gordian Group will provide software and services and tell Mr. Fackrell exactly what to do with the deferred maintenance on the county’s buildings, as he doesn’t know; he is a bean counter and doesn’t have a clue what to do.

What is really troublesome, is only a few months ago the max cost of this contract was $100,000 a year, or $500,000 for five years. Does anyone else smell something very fishy here? Is this yet another expensive CAO computer system like the FENIX/Tyler system that won’t deliver?

When the board was questioned about this expenditure by Sue Taylor, they looked like deer in the headlights. Just a few months ago, the CAO and board tried to conceal this $500,000 contract and get it past the public’s eyes when in fact they knew the actual cost would be eight times more.

Grand Jury, are you listening?

Diamond Springs

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