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Rica Report : Supervision of Meter Money Questionable with no accountability

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November 21,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Rica plead guilty stealing 500k. The Village insurance claim was for 850k. That left a balance of 350k, which someone kept (many suspect Rica had help ).

In the real world, guilty or not, Chris Rutishauser would have been fired. 850k was stolen under his watch. He had to have known, he should have noticed a decline in meter revenue or deposits? He ran, and continues to run a questionable department with no accountability.

The attached Rica Report was submitted by the Village to the Board of Fund Commissioners, Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund. It outlines the total amount of quarters stolen and what needs to be done for this to never happen again.

OUR VILLAGE, THE ENGINEER, NEVER IMPLEMENTED ANY OF IT! All recommended safety measures have been met with strong opposition from Mr. Rutishauser and his organization(s). Why doesn’t the Village Manager and Council take action over this matter?

Note the closing statement. It says, the Village needs to have a process for reporting the collections and reconciling those reports to funds deposited/recorded. Security and technological advancement is also needed.

What gives the Village Engineer the authority to decide against practical safeguards, policies and procedures that protect public funds and his department from theft and fraud?

Rica Report :

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15fd9cf3861a3d33?compose=15fd57af423901f9&projector=1

 

9 thoughts on “Rica Report : Supervision of Meter Money Questionable with no accountability

  1. “OUR VILLAGE, THE ENGINEER, NEVER IMPLEMENTED ANY OF IT!” That he was to busy drawing plans for the bike lane.

  2. OMG! Why was this report buried and not given to the public before? It explains excatly what, when and how. All this time we’ve been asking, what was the total amount stolen. They knew it was 850K and what had to be impolemented moving forward! They’ve done nothing and is just SHAMEFUL. Heads should role.

  3. OMG! Why was this report buried and not given to the public before? It explains excatly what, when and how. All this time we’ve been asking, what was the total amount stolen. They knew it was 850K and what had to be impolemented moving forward! They’ve done nothing and is just SHAMEFUL. Heads should roll.

  4. is there another link to access the report- I am unable to view it?

  5. I am also unable to view the report and I have a gmail account.

  6. This is typical of the village of Ridgewood. They don’t like their dirt beeing exposed , But yet they go after people that they can try to hurt. We are all sick of their bullshit. No more.

  7. Can u say a cover up . Why well to much dirt would of came out on Upper management.

  8. So true :

  9. Let’s get one thing straight: these people are PUBLIC SERVANTS. Unfortunately, they often serve THEMSELVES! For the amount of money that we pay them (yes, we are their bosses!), their behavior is disgusting and they should be terminated immediately.

    This means YOU Christopher Rutishauser!

    And, while I’m at it, I recently had the pleasure of speaking to our new Village “CEO” Heather Mailander. This self-serving waste of flesh had the nerve to say to me: “You’re lucky you caught me in the office, it’s late.” Oh really, Heather? We have a PERPETUAL LIABILITY on our books in the form of your incredibly bloated salary! I am stunned to learn that we (your bosses, the taxpayers) are paying you nearly $200,000 per year. And, did I mention your PENSION? You should literally work 24/7/365 for that level of compensation.

    The politics in this town are out of control. We need to DRAIN THE RIDGEWOOD SWAMP!!! #MRGA

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