The city of Geneva is reviewing its internal controls after the firing of Streets Superintendent Steve LeMaire for bilking the city of $24,000 by misusing his city-issued credit card.
After Monday's City Council meeting, City Administrator Mary McKittrick said the city is reevaluating and already implementing new policies for the review of credit-card payments.
"Each (credit card holder) has to provide invoices with receipts and descriptions to his or her immediate supervisor," McKittrick said. So, for example, department heads will turn in their paperwork for McKittrick to review. McKittrick will turn hers in to the mayor for review.
The City Council adjourned to closed session to discuss the LeMaire issue but did not take any action following their return to open session.
Early Monday (Feb. 6), the Geneva Police Department saying LeMaire had turned himself in and had been formally indicted by a grand jury on charges of theft, online theft by deception and official misconduct. McKittrick issued a press release on LeMaire's job status.
"LeMaire was dismissed from his position on Feb. 4, 2012 as superintendent of streets after serving 33 years with the city," the release said.
LeMaire has been on unpaid administrative leave since Jan. 12.
"The city will begin the recruitment and selection process to fill the position in the near future," the release said. "Until the position is filled, Director of Public Works Dan Dinges will oversee the Street Division operations with assistance from other management staff."