The businessman who invented the scrubber technology being installed at the Martin Drake Power Plant downtown is requesting an ethics investigation into City Councilman Tim Leigh.
And David Neumann seems to be hinting that Mayor Steve Bach needs to be investigated, too.
The request for an ethics investigation was filed with City Attorney Chris Melcher on Monday.
Here it is part of Neumann’s letter to Melcher:
“My company, Neumann Systems Group, Inc. (NSG), is a Colorado Springs Utilities (Utilities) ratepayer and a vendor of Utilities. I, David K. Neumann, am CEO and President of NSG. In accordance with the City Charter, NSG requests an ethics investigation of the actions of Councilmember Leigh relative to Utilities, its Officers and Directors, its citizen-owners, its ratepayers, and its vendors. We believe that, (yes, there is a comma here) Councilmember Leigh has conducted a vendetta against Utilities, its officers and Directors and certain vendors of Utilities and has committted numerous wrongful acts potentially in violation of his fiduciary and other duties as a member of the Board of Directors of Utilities.”
And here is where it gets interesting because Neumann says other “senior elected” officials may be involved, too, though he doesn’t name any names.
“We are also concerned that other senior elected and appointed officials of the City may be involved as well at least in terms of potential appearances of impropriety and potential conflicts of interest,” Neumann wrote in the letter to Melcher.
Today, Neumann contacted Melcher again.
Here is a copy of that correspondence:
My apologies. I was told that for the second time my request for an Ethics Investigation of Councilmember/Boardmember Tim Leigh did not have the proper terminology for you to consider it valid and to act on it in your proper capacity as City Attorney. Both times you have failed to show me the courtesy of a response which informs me that you are rejecting these requests and the reasons for your rejection. To be clear, I and my company NSG request an investigation of Councilmember/Boardmember Tim Leigh by the City’s Independent Ethics Committee for the reasons stated in the previous two letters/emails that were sent to you.
If this is still not clear enough, then please provide me with the sample format you require for submission of a request. There is none available that I know of and no specific wording required as part of the City Charter.
I look forward to the courtesy of a response from you or your supervisor.
David K. Neumann, CEO
Neumann Systems Group, Inc.