PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — The Petersburg City Council failed to receive enough votes to hire the Robert Bobb group Tuesday night.
Sources tell 8News residents were upset about the cost. The council voted 3-3 with one member abstaining.
Councilman Darrin Hill and two other council members voted against hiring the group.
“Although they are probably worthy and well qualified I couldn’t justify paying a consultant over $300,000,” said Councilman Darrin Hill.
Hill says making a decision to hire the Robert Bobb Group seemed wrong in light of council having asked city employees to take ten percent cuts in their pay. He says he also took into account the other financial obligations the city needs to meet.
“To what I understand and from some of the things we have read in our meetings, the group would do a 12 step type program where they’d come in and look at all of our finances and see where they can strengthen our core,” said Councilman Darrin Hill.
Councilman Brian Moore, Mayor Howard Myers, and Vice Mayor Samuel Parham voted in favor of the hire.
Moore says he voted yes because the city needs a turn-around specialist in place to help with a forensic audit and to help find a new city manager and finance director.
Council has scheduled a meeting to continue discussions about the Robert Bobb group as well a pending forensic audit. The council meeting will be held Thursday at City Hall at 6:30 p.m.
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