The Carollo employee is actually subcontractor Wilde Engineering, started by Blake Wilde. Blake is the son of San Angelo's Water Utilities Chief Will Wilde.
Blake Wilde was hired Oct. 8, 2007, and was terminated for cause on June 8, 2012. He was earning an annual salary of $65,100 at that time. He is not eligible for rehire.Surely, Blake's father had some idea as to why his son had been fired from the city. It's not clear if Carollo's Hutch Mussallam knew of Blake's termination for cause before subcontracting with Wilde Engineering.
It seems odd for a fired employee to suddenly become a "go to" project inspector for getting Hickory pipe laying back on track by working 80 hours a week (at what hourly rate?).
I submitted other questions, which are yet to be answered. They are:
1. When did Blake Wilde's Wilde Engineering become a subcontractor on the Hickory Pipeline project?I'll post City responses after they're received.
2. Please send me Wilde Engineering's proposal with scope of work and conflict of interest documentation for doing business with the City
3. Please send me Will Wilde's conflict of interest filing with the city regarding Wilde Engineering's subcontractor work for the project Will oversees.
4. Please share how much Wilde Engineering has been paid between June and now for subcontractor work on the Hickory project.
Morrison's stand happened after City Council pressed Carolla's Mussallam on the project schedule.
I expected a similar grilling from Mayor New and Councilman Hirschfeld on Water Czar Chief Will Wilde's unilateral expenditure of $100,000 on furniture, but that never happened.
It remains to be seen how Will and Blake complied with conflict of interest requirements.
The document states:
Q: What is considered a “substantial interest” in a business entity (such that it would amount to a potential conflict of interest)?
A: Close family member with any of the above interests: If a close relative of the local official has any of the above types of interest in a business entity. A local official is considered to have the same interest in a business entity that his or her close relatives have in that business entity. In this context, close relatives of an official would include persons who are related to the official within the first degree by consanguinity (blood) or affinity (marriage).18 Such relatives would include an official’s father, father-in-law, mother, mother-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, son, son-in-law and the spouse of the official.
There are many questions that need answering. Like the Furniture Fiasco, the public deserves transparency.
Update 11-16-12: Draft minutes of the November 6th City Council meeting state: "Councilmember Morrison commented on a potential conflict of interest and asked staff to review the issue." Did he really? I only heard Morrison ask Hutch Musallum to give him a call in regard to a possible conflict of interest. I'll have to rehear the tape.