Tug on that Pulled Sweater and Watch Things Unravel
I cannot believe the leeway and leverage and access to money and resources that Silas Potter had. It is just not possible for me to believe he did this on his own.
- He repeatedly claimed to many who worked for him that SSD supported the transfer of the RSBDP from the district to his 501c3.
- Some of the people who had personal services contract through him come off very badly. Elaine Ko for one:
We asked Elaine if she thought it unusual that a public program would be transitioning to the private sector at the expense of taxpayers. She said it was not unusual at that time. “It was not a questionable thing.”
- Also an administrator assistant reports that several people prominent in the African-American community had gone to Board meetings to complain that minority companies were not being given enough SSD business via capital projects. After they got personal services contracts, she says they stopped going to Board meeting to complain.
- Silas also told people who asked questions they should "trust me", "my managers and other district managers are supporting me", "do not question my reasoning", "ultimately it is up to me to make the final decision" or "if you do not support me, you are free to go."
- There does seem to be one group/person who was used as the place where Silas may have been funneling money for himself. It's interesting because even his staff had no idea who this vendor was. (I'm not disclosing the name right now but you can probably figure it out if you read the documents.)
- On the list of vendors was a pet care company, cosmetologist, several restaurants and a chiropractor.
- The two Board members and SSD lawyer who went to King County prosecutors met with Dan Satterberg. So, this has gone pretty much to the top.
- Kathy Johnson in Facilities had a lot to say about Silas. She was the one who hired him first to do moving coordination. (I believe he had a similar job at Microsoft but left there under a cloud as well.) Facilities staff in capital were aware of one of Silas' employees who got a lot of overtime. It turned out that Fred Stephens asked Silas about this and Silas said he had given this employee his password so she could approve her own overtime. There is no record Fred Stephens did anything about it.
- The training classes? Always catered.
It's just pathetic and ridiculous. Onto page 55.