This week, City Manager Allan Roeder closed a loophole in Costa Mesa policy that allowed lower-ranking managers to approve their immediate supervisors' expense reports. He made the right decision.
Because of Roeder, who is retiring later this year, only the city manager will have the authority to approve expense reports for department leaders.
Though he did not cite a direct cause and effect, Roeder said that he intended to change the policy after reading a pertinent Jan. 4 piece by Pilot columnist William Lobdell. The column, citing city documents and gasoline receipts, revealed that Police Chief Christopher Shawkey used his city-issued credit card to buy gasoline while out of town. From December 2008 to October 2010, Shawkey put in reimbursement claims on 163 gas receipts totaling $4,827.