Audit Reveals Flaws In Emergency Communications Overhaul

OPB | April 4, 2013 11:50 a.m. | Updated: April 17, 2013 12:47 p.m.

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A report from Portland’s City Auditor reveals flaws in a project to overhaul emergency communications. The Public Safety System Revitalization Program is almost $10 million over budget and about three years behind schedule.

Drummond Kahn is Director of Audit Services. He says the project appears to have fallen victim to a bureaucratic shuffle.

“We found there there were essentially 3 different management structures,” Kahn said. “They went through six directors in a  fairly short period of time. So there was a lot of turnover and a lot of restructuring was happening.”

The program was designed to overhaul four areas, including a computer-aided dispatch system that police officers use in their vehicles, and a public safety radio system.

Mayor Charlie Hales says he’s discussed the audit with the managers now in charge of the project, and he feels they’ve made changes that will prevent the problems from re-occurring.


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