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DeKalb retains two finance consultants

Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 11:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:22 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – Two consultants will review the city of DeKalb’s financial procedures through June after DeKalb aldermen agreed Monday to pay up to $45,000 for their services.

The DeKalb City Council approved an employee leasing agreement with GovTemps USA to provide financial assistance until June 30. Under the agreement, Dave Richardson and Stan Helgerson, two retirees with municipal finance experience, will review the city’s financial and purchasing policies and budget process.

“I think the transparency, the control of municipal governments is clearly a priority and therefore, the engagement of GovTemps financial directors was seen as a priority for DeKalb,” Mayor John Rey said.

Bringing in outside consultants is part of the financial responsibility initiative City Manager Anne Marie Gaura announced March 5. Former Finance Director Laura Pisarcik voluntarily resigned two days later.

Richardson and Helgerson have been working at city hall since March 26, when Gaura hired them under her spending authority to help prepare next fiscal year’s budget.

Gaura said the city will likely spend about $40,000 for the consultants, who will be paid $105 an hour and work one to two days a week. They also will be reimbursed for mileage to DeKalb at a rate of 55 cents a mile.

To pay the consultants, the city will use money that was allocated for the comprehensive plan, a project the city will not start this fiscal year.

Gaura explained to the aldermen that they would have a say before changes are made.

“It may not happen tomorrow, and it may not happen next month, but rest assured that these items will be coming back to you for review and approval,” Gaura said.

Gaura also noted GovTemps USA is a sister company to Vorhees and Associates, the firm the city used in the city manager search that ended with officials selecting her.

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