Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Ex-monitor wants another $37,810

By Gregory Korte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

DOWNTOWN - Alan Kalmanoff, the former court-appointed monitor for the Cincinnati Police Department who resigned after a dispute over his billing, is back with a request for more than $37,810 from the city.

Kalmanoff, of the California-based Institute for Law & Policy Planning, has asked a federal court to order the city to pay additional expenses related to his three-week stint overseeing the federally mandated reforms that followed the city's 2001 riots.

The latest request for payment is in addition to the $91,597 that U.S. District Judge Susan K. Dlott has already ordered the city to pay Kalmanoff for his work in late 2002. But Dlott's order eliminated $41,136 in expenses. In his latest request, filed in court Monday, Kalmanoff makes three arguments:

• The city should have to pay Kalmanoff's actual overhead expenses, rather than the amount he estimated in his proposal. Kalmanoff said his proposal assumed that he would have a five-year contract, and that overhead would diminish over time. His request does not specify what those actual expenses were.

• The city should have to pay $16,869 in expenses for Robert Wandruff, a former clerk for the California Supreme Court who Kalmanoff hired as a consultant. Dlott turned down those expenses, saying Kalmanoff failed to get advance approval to hire Wandruff. Kalmanoff said he told the parties of his intention to hire the consultant.

• The city paid $20,941 directly to a Virginia management consultant hired by Kalmanoff. He said he already paid the consultant, Blue Apricot Solutions, who is refusing to reimburse Kalmanoff.

Kalmanoff was on vacation Monday and could not be reached for comment.

City officials said they'd fight his request.

Councilman David Pepper, chairman of the Law and Public Safety Committee, said he was astonished that Kalmanoff was back with a request for more money.

"We'll do everything we can to not pay him more money," Pepper said.

U.S. Attorney Saul Green of Detroit later became the police monitor.


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