Thursday, October 25, 2007

City Hall's Mysterious Porn Audit

Posted by on Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 5:06 PM

Is the Kansas City, Missouri, Council going to be awash in porn in a couple of weeks?

At Thursday’s business session, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Skaggs asked for an internal audit that supposedly has looked into the forbidden use of City Hall computers. In requesting the audit, Skaggs mentioned a blog.

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The blog, Not Ready for Prime Buzz, said on October 6 that the city’s internal auditor was investigating an allegation that pornography was found on computer belonging to “LT.” In a separate entry, the blog referred to LT as LaTrisha Underhill, an assistant to City Manager Wayne Cauthen.

Not Ready for Prime Buzz “muses the abuses, dysfunction, waste, fraud, bad business practices and absurdities of KCMO.” It is written by a self-described “chump of local government and institutions.”

Skaggs asked for a presentation of the alleged audit in two weeks.

Skaggs’ request prompted council members to complain about the blog. Councilman Terry Riley called the Not Ready for Prime Buzz hateful, which drew amens from his colleagues.

Mayor Mark Funkhouser said he did not disagree with Riley’s take. But being hateful is not the same thing as being wrong. Funkhouser added that he had heard that the internal audit exists.

“I would just like to hear from the internal auditor [Roy Greenway], from his professional judgment, what he has to say to us about this: what he found, if he found anything, if there is a report, if there’s not a report. I just want to hear from him,” the mayor said.

The blog’s most frequent target, Cauthen, was not present at Thursday’s meeting. His spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment about Skaggs’ request.

Reached Friday morning, Underhill criticized the blog as "divisive" and "darn near hate speech." But she declined to directly address the blog's assertion that she is the target of an investigation into pornography in the workplace. Underhill said that she understood any investigation to be confidential.

I asked if she was worried about what might be presented to the council. "I don't know what's going to be presented," she said. – David Martin

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