County bid process ‘hijacked’ for political payback, audit firm exec says

Sedgwick County’s longtime auditing firm says the county’s bid board process was manipulated as “Chicago-style” political payback for a partner’s role in contentious zoo negotiations.

County Commission Chairman Jim Howell called the firm’s statements “utterly ridiculous.”

The county staff had recommended to the bid board that Allen, Gibbs and Houlik continue to perform auditing services.

But County Manager Michael Scholes told the bid board last week that he wanted a new firm, BKD, to provide auditing services and to produce a separate report examining the county’s internal financial policies and vulnerability to fraud.

(Read more: Wichita Eagle)