An audit released by New Mexico’s state auditor looked at the City of Las Vegas after a request by the city council due to concerns about the city’s practices.
The audit, done by an independent consultant, found that the city inappropriately expanded the scope of flooring repair needed after a flood.
It was supposed to be a $10,000 emergency repair, but the audit found the city installed hardwood floors throughout City Hall costing an additional $84,000.
Auditors are suggesting the city hire an outside party to review procurement procedures.
On a separate matter, the audit found the city needs someone else to oversee personnel and HR issues related to the fire department.
There were concerns because the fire chief is the brother of the human resources director and the boyfriend of the HR manager.
Some in the fire department expressed they can’t report issues to HR because of this.
Also, after concerns about hiring practices, auditors are recommending the city do reference checks on all potential hires. It was only doing criminal background checks.
The audit also found differences in city documents regarding terms for the mayor.
The city charter said four years, while the municipal code book said two years.
A statement to KRQE News 13 from the Las Vegas said the finance department has already incorporated some recommendations.
It also said the city welcomes constructive input.
To look at the entire audit, click here.