June 18, 2009

Municipal employees got pwned

Seriously, pay attention to who you're talking to when you're wasting taxpayer money.

Some attendees at the 87th annual Colorado Municipal League Conference were in seminars such as "Natural Disasters: Preparation and Response," put on by the Evans city manager, and "Do as I Say and as I Do: Making Municipal Facilities Energy Efficient,"put on by an architect and a Lafayette council member.

"No one can say this is a junket," said Sam Mamet, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League. "This is a quality conference, and people recognize it as such."

But a reporter, producer and photographer from 9News who visited the conference Thursday found plenty of municipal officials who had decided to forgo the panel on "Maintaining Your Infrastructure in a Tight Economy" and instead hang out in the halls and lobby.

Unaware she was speaking to a reporter and being taped, Glendale City Council member LuVerne Davenport said the city brought six people to the conference so they could rotate through the panels and no one would have to go to all of them.

So what do they do when they are not in the seminars?

"We goof off," Davenport said.

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