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What happens next after what happened in Vegas?

By rgordon
Wednesday, May 9th, 2007 at 1:41 pm in Uncategorized.

Greg MunksWe just call it “what happened in Vegas,” and you know what we’re talking about, right? You know, that little mishap on April 21 where San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks and Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos got swept up in a raid at a suspected brothel off the Las Vegas strip? And that Munks said in a statement on April 24 that he thought was visiting a legitimate business for a massage after the annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay and didn’t break any laws?

Right. Just checking.

We reported Friday that San Carlos resident Michael Stogner was organizing an effort to recall Munks from his post, to which he was elected in November. Rumors have swirled that Stogner would file his notice of intent to recall as soon as this week, so we followed up. According to San Mateo County Elections Officer David Tom, nothing had been filed as of Tuesday.

Stogner confirmed that and said that he would not be filing anything for about a month even though he has the 20 signatures the initial paperwork requires.

“The reason I have not filed the notice yet is I have been hoping that Sheriff Greg Munks would do the honorable thing and resign. Save me and hundreds of San Mateo County residents and voters a lot of time and energy,” Stogner wrote in an email Tuesday. “I do not expect him to do the honorable thing. I am giving him a chance to answer questions. I will be sending him these question by registered mail… He will have 30 days to reply…”

Stogner said one of the questions is a request for the address of the Vegas residence at which Munks and Bolanos were detained during the bust.

After Munks’ response (or lack thereof), Stogner said he’ll file the notice. Then he’ll have 160 days to obtain the signatures of about 35,200 registered voters in order to secure a recall election.

We also reported Tuesday that an audit by the San Mateo County Controller showed that this year’s Vegas trip incurred about $9,475 worth of expenses at the taxpayers’ dime. Nearly $6,000 of it was related to the use of 11 county vehicles. The Probation Department also paid $1,500 for the registration of its employees and nearly $1,700 of time was paid for employees to attend a captain’s meeting. Add in another estimated $4,600 worth of work time spent planning for the event, and the cost was actually more than $14,000.

However, the report was not complete. Acknowledging that they had a short window in which to complete their assignment, Controller Tom Huening noted that were missing some pieces of information, which could make the costs incurred higher.

Among the absent were time cards from the Sheriff’s Office that cover the days during which staff participated in the run. Ramen Prasad, audit manager for the Controller, said they should be receiving those by the end of the week.

“The only other thing we’ll make sure is nobody charged time on the race dates,” Prasad said. Employees are, according to the report, supposed to participate on their own time.

Another follow-up report which includes this missing information is entirely dependent on what is requested by the Board of Supervisors or the County Manager’s Office. Otherwise, Prasad said, “if we don’t find anything, we won’t do anything.”

Stay tuned for what happens next.

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