A 17-year-old passenger has died from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash in Fargo. Fargo police Sgt. Mike Erbes said four teens were in the vehicle that slid off the road and crashed into a tree just after 1 a.m. Saturday.
The March 26 firing of Fargo Public Works Director Al Weigel for awarding his business partners what examiners said was essentially a no-bid contract has prompted some critics to take aim at his boss, City Administrator Pat Zavoral, whose brothers’ construction company built dikes in Fargo during the 2009 flood.
Former Fargo Public Works Director Al Weigel said he will decide Monday whether to appeal his firing to the city’s Civil Service Commission.
Under city policy, Weigel has until the end of business Monday to appeal his firing a week ago.
FARGO – Fargo Public Works Director Al Weigel awarded no-bid contracts to his business partners, used a city credit card to fill one of their vehicles with gas, accepted free tickets to sporting events and made hundreds of photocopies of their business brochure, according to the report that led to his firing Friday.
A forensic report that led to the firing of Fargo Public Works Director Al Weigel details several conflicts of interest between him and his business partners, who benefited from city contracts that Weigel allegedly awarded by skirting the city’s purchasing policy.
The city of Fargo has hired a former Internal Revenue Service investigator to look into whether Public Works Director Al Weigel violated city policy by doing business with a company to which he rents office space.
Fargo Public Works Director Al Weigel ignored city policy and bought more than $100,000 worth of equipment from a company in which he may have a personal financial stake, his supervisor wrote in a letter placing him on leave as the city looks into allegations against him.
, February 26, 2010
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