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Updated Aug 21, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Audit: Glendale retirement program may be illegal

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A new report showed there may have been possible wrongdoing at Glendale City Hall.

A 250-page audit revealed that the city may have broken the law after it mishandled an early retirement program worth millions of dollars in 2010. The audit said city management transferred money into several trust funds without council approval and some employee retirement contracts were not in the city's best interest.

Mayor Jerry Weiers said the public has the right to know when there may have been problems in Glendale.

"The city understands that mistakes were made," he said. "As the new mayor and the new council coming on with promises of full disclosure and transparency to our citizens, it's important that we get that information out there."

The audit said that former Glendale City Manager Ed Beasley allowed Human Resource Director Alma Carmicle continued to collect her annual salary of over $151,000 from her home in Mississippi, where her duties for Glendale were limited to negotiating a labor agreement with police and firefighters. She continued to collect the money even after the city promoted another employee to acting director to take over some of her duties.

The audit claims that decision to keep Chief Financial Officer Art Lynch on the city's payroll after he retired were "not in the best interests of the city."

"The Arizona Republic" reported in 2010 that Lynch returned to city hall the day after he retired. The city paid him as a consultant for negotiations with groups who were interested in buying the Phoenix Coyotes.

Weiers said the results of the audit will be turned over to the Arizona Attorney General's Office, which will decide whether anyone will be prosecuted.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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