The highest duty of the City Council and City staff, as public servants, is to serve the interests of the residents of Des Moines. This means safeguarding the public trust in the City, protecting precious tax dollars and ensuring that City resources are used prudently and in a manner that is consistent with the expectations of our community.
In June of 2018, the City obtained credible information that donations and funds that were intended for the City may have been diverted by specific City employees to the Des Moines Legacy Foundation (DMLF) an outside, independent third party.
The City immediately, pursuant to state law, notified the State Auditor and also retained the services of an independent financial investigations and forensic accounting firm to investigate.
The initial results of the investigation are now available and detailed in a report by Alvarez and Marsal Valuation Services LLC, the retained independent firm.
The key findings include:
The full report and summary of initial findings are available on the City of Des Moines website and the matter has now been referred to outside law enforcement for further action. The City will continue to cooperate with all investigative parties and will provide further updates to the public, as they are available.
Misappropriation of funds by employees
Parks, Recreation & Senior Services Department Review