Troubled city of Surprise faces another audit
Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Auditors are examining the Public Works Department of the troubled city of Surprise recently shaken by layoffs and multiple discrimination complaints.
The Arizona Republic reports that the San Jose-based Management Partners will examine Public Works employees' needs, the department's structure and managers' relationships with workers. Officials say the audit is expected to last several months, but will not affect city services.
Public works became Surprise's largest department after it absorbed the city's water, engineering and transportation functions in 2009. But the department was soon hit with job cuts as the city dealt with the consequences of a decade of financial mismanagement.
An audit of Surprise police recently found that the department has lost thousands of dollars and more than 60 guns from its evidence room.
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