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Tuesday, December 01, 2015
You Can Run, But You Can't Hide.....Public Bidding Compromised by "Wheeling & Dealing"
Emergency Mobile Command Center
There is no question when the Westfield Police department's emergency mobile command center arrived in Westfield.
Months after police chief David Wayman and Captain Christopher Battiloro met with Robert Mount of Power Innovations of Utah (the manufacturer of the mobile command center), and months before the Westfield town council voted on a resolution authorizing the purchase of the emergency equipment, the mobile command center arrived. Westfield eventually advertised in a local newspaper that potential bidders could pick up specifications in the town clerk's office on what Westfield was looking to have built. The emergency mobile command center and its attendant vehicle were hidden in Sevell's Auto Body garage on South Ave. during the façade of a bidding process.
TFoTM obtained and posted the photos of the hidden vehicles, here at The Fact of The Matter. The photos clearly show WPD markings on the vehicles months before the public bidding process began. The vehicles were being hidden from the public eye.
Mayor Andrew Skibitsky
TFoTM recently obtained information from a source close to members of the Westfield town council that Mayor Andy Skibitsky, other members of the town council, and Westfield town administrator Jim Gildea had knowledge of the intent of Power Innovations of Utah, the company that sold Westfield the emergency mobile command center during a questionable "smoke & mirrors" public bidding process, to discount the purchase price of the command center in return for Westfield agreeing to showcase the command center at exhibitions.
Mayor Skibitsky refused to answer questions regarding this agreement when asked numerous times during town council meetings in 2014.
It is clear now why Mayor Skibitsky and other town officials refused to address the questions. To admit that an agreement was discussed long before a public bidding process, town officials would be subject to accusations of collusion and circumventing a fair and public bidding process that is supposed to allow fair and competitive bidding of services being sought.
Town Admin. Jim Gildea
Police Chief Dave Wayman
TFoTM is nearing the completion of an almost 2 year long investigation into the purchase of the emergency mobile command center. By obtaining documents, photos, and statements, that will ultimately provide a timeline piecing together the questionable and alleged tainted bidding process that brought the $300,000 emergency mobile command center to Westfield's police department, TFoTM seeks to hold Westfield's public officials, that had knowledge of the "backroom wheeling and dealing," accountable.