Silas, all of you are more like rats off a sinking ship. This is rapidly turning into "he said, he said, he said" with Dr. Goodloe-Johnson sitting in the corner speaking no evil, seeing no evil and hearing no evil.
He's still in Tampa (has been since September) and:
No law-enforcement officials have contacted him, and he said he would cooperate with them.
Potter said he's ready for any fallout, even if he gets arrested.
"If I have to serve time, OK," he said.
From your lips to the King County prosecutor's ears, Silas. I'm hoping the King County prosecutor is giving the Times a ring today for his location.
Also, he talks about himself in the third person. Shades of Bob Dole.
About who is really at fault:
His supervisor at the time — Fred Stephens, the facilities director — controlled and approved how the money was spent, he said. One of the school's attorneys, Ron English, reviewed the contracts and deals, Potter said.
"The bottom line was that I followed directions," Potter said. "Everything I did I went through Fred and he asked Ron English if it was OK to do it."
I have always maintained that he did not do all that he did on his own. There is NO WAY he got that much money for his office on his own.
Ron English says:Potter's "allegations are not true," English said in a statement to The Times. "I had no involvement or knowledge of his contracts. I prepare the standard contract forms used by the District, but not the actual consulting contracts. I do not review invoices."
But Ron, you talked to Gary Ikeda about your doubts. You may not have known a lot but really, nothing?
The Super? His wording is somewhat cryptic.
Potter doubts that the superintendent was involved. "The superintendent had no knowledge of this," he said. "I hope she doesn't lose her job."
Now "involved" is the Times' word. But what is "this"? It almost implies that he admits wrongdoing OR, maybe, that he's saying she's too far up to have been bothered with his office (which we know isn't true). And why would he care if she loses her job?
There are three people who know the most: Silas Potter, the former internal auditor Nderu and Fred Stephens. I'd give any two of them immunity to know the truth.
I have no idea what happens from here. It's something to ask the KC prosecutor. I think one thing would be for lots of e-mails to hit Gary Locke in D.C., telling him how bad this is and saying that Fred really should be willing to come and talk with the KC prosecutor. I'll try to find his e-mail address.