Greater accountability is needed in Atherton
Original post made by John P Johns, CPA on Feb 6, 2012
The following is a reply I received from the Town of Atherton in response to my requests for copies of Mr. Danielson's time records.
The bottom line is that there are no records as to how Mr. Danielson spent his time last year. Mr. Danielson it appears did not submit a single timesheet.
In my professional opinion, the failure of the top appointed official in Atherton to provide even the most rudimentary accounting of the time spent in service to the Town is an internal control weakness that is unacceptable.
There's a saying in our business "the tone starts at the top".
If Mr. Danielson refuses to be held accountable for the time he spends on town business, then it seems unreasonable to expect the rest of the town to do the same.
From: Theresa DellaSanta [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2012 3:40 PM
> To: john johns (firstname.lastname@example.org)
> Subject: RE: Atherton City Manager
> Mr. Johns-
> This message is in response to your Public Records Act request dated
> January 27, 2012 seeking "copies of any writings prepared by Mr.
> Danielson that would provide any evidence that Mr. Danielson has,
> during the past 12 months initiated a search for a permanent City
> Manager for Atherton, and copies of any writings which would indicate
> the number of hours expended by Mr.
> Danielson in performing his duties as acting City Manager during
> calendar year 2011. Please provide this accounting of hours on a
> monthly basis."
> The Town is unable to release any records because no such records
> Thank you,
> Theresa DellaSanta
> Interim City Manager/City Clerk
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