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February 12, 2014

Attorney to probe credit card misuse

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — When asked after what she meant by management, McCaffrey said, “I would say the mayor is management, he supervises all of the department heads.”

Although there isn’t a policy concerning employee credit card use, Doyle’s investigation will determine whether the card was used for legitimate city business, McCaffrey said.

”You can’t use city funds for anything other than a city purpose,” she said. “So that’s the crux of it.”

Junke’s purchases were made in May and June of last year. Asked why it took so long to bring the matter forward, McCaffrey said that will come out in the investigation.

A city credit use policy is something the Council should be implementing soon, she added. The item appeared on a list of goals that McCaffrey submitted to her colleagues at a recent work session. 

During the Council’s business meeting Tuesday, Tucker was asked by city resident Jean M. Kiene whether he stood by a statement he made that he couldn’t remember giving Junke the card for the fundraiser. When Kiene asked whether Tucker went to the golf outing, Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano wouldn’t let him reply.

Doyle’s hourly rate for the investigation is $200 per hour.

Fourth Ward Alderman Patrick W. Schrader cast the lone dissenting vote in the Council’s 5-1 decision Tuesday night. Prior to the vote, he said he thinks the investigation is a waste of time and the matter should have been investigated internally.

Junke is on medical leave after being injured in a fall on an icy sidewalk outside the Youth and Recreation office on Willow Street. 

One of the reasons for Doyle’s hire was Ottaviano’s advice to officials that bringing in a third party would avoid a potential conflict of interest. Tucker and Junke are cousins.

The results of the investigation will be public, officials pledged.

“When we receive the final report, we will make as much of it public as possible,” McCaffrey said.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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