Skip to comments.Audit: City reforms just cosmetic - (San Jose) City Hall bungle could happen again, audit finds
Posted on 12/10/2004 7:38:34 PM PST by NormsRevenge
Key reforms that San Jose City Manager Del Borgsdorf instituted in recent months would not prevent a repeat of the city's bungled $8 million City Hall deal involving Cisco Systems, according to a city audit released Thursday.
The audit found that Borgsdorf's biggest reforms to date -- relocating the city's purchasing division and assigning more responsibility to his office for projects -- are more cosmetic than substantive, and fail to address underlying communication failures in his administration that led to the scandal.
But even in the face of that criticism, Borgsdorf's future appears secure. After questioning his leadership abilities at the peak of the scandal last summer, a majority of the council last month quietly gave him high marks in his annual evaluation, which all but ensures his job security for the coming year.
..''I think the city is running pretty well when you look at it 365 days a year,'' said Councilman Ken Yeager, who said he gave Borgsdorf a score of 90 out of 100 in his recent evaluation. ``We still don't know what really happened so most of us were not ready to lay blame at Del's feet.''
In an interview Thursday, Borgsdorf cautioned against drawing conclusions from the audit, saying it addressed only a few of the dozens of changes he's begun since the city's botched deal to install Cisco Systems equipment in the new City Hall. He said the council's approval last month of a new process to procure a computer-and-telephone network for City Hall speaks louder than the audit's criticism.
``You really have to read the auditor's comments in the entire context,'' Borgsdorf said. ``There are a number of process improvements that in-and-of-themselves would not solve the problem but are a major contributor to the overall improvements that we are trying to accomplish.''
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