DeKalb County, GA, July 22, 2015 – Provided by Commissioner Nancy Jester – The AJC recently reported on procurement irregularities that led to APD Solutions getting a contract from DeKalb to spend federal grant money meant to help neighborhoods that were hit hard by the foreclosure crisis. Despite ranking fourth in the bidding process, APD was given $1 million to rehab homes plus a no-bid contract extension of $500,000.
In addition to the procurement irregularities, the company is owned by the Chairman of the DeKalb Development Authority, Vaughn Irons.
The DeKalb Board of Commissioners includes honesty, integrity, and stewardship as part of our Statement of Values. On each of these core principles, DeKalb County has failed the taxpayers with our ongoing entanglements shrouded in false documents, deception, denials, and secrecy.
It is time to shine the light of transparency on the procurement irregularities that were highlighted in the AJC story and disclose any other contracts or agreements that DeKalb has with APD solutions or Mr. Irons. I am requesting that the CEO and his administration, review their files and make public any and all documentation regarding bids, contracts, meetings, and communications with APD Solutions and Mr. Irons.
I want to be clear – the money involved in this growing scandal belongs to the taxpayers of DeKalb County. Your tax dollars must not be used as a slush fund that doles out contracts to well-connected friends and their companies. Bidding, contracts, and oversight deserve professional and diligent scrutiny so that your tax dollars yield the most return for their investment.
It is unconscionable that a taxpayer funded employee would allow your money to be spent so carelessly and with so little to show for the expense. Sadly, in addition to taxpayers, those vulnerable communities that this grant money was meant to help, are victims. They were cheated out of investments that should have been made to their community instead of lining the pockets of the powerful and politically connected.