Category Archives: City Vehicle

Ex-Recorder Sharon Carpenter Failed To Comply With State Audit Agreement

Thursday, I received the following response from the City Counselor’s office to my Sunshine Request for mileage logs that Sharon Carpenter told State Auditor Susan Montee she would keep.nomileagelogsqc

As suspected, Carpenter did not actually maintain any such records.

The only documentation on her vehicle use is the estimated mileage she turned in to the Comptroller’s office for IRS purposes.

Based on her paperwork and using a generous 20 mile roundtrip commute, Carpenter is alleging that she drove her city vehicle to work 3 days a week in 2013 and 2012, and nearly 4 days a week in 2011.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds



McFowland Questions Ex-Recorder’s Mileage, Still No Records From Sunshine Requests

The City Recorder of Deeds office has had thirteen business days to produce copies of thirteen checks from the Recorder’s Technology and Preservation Fund. It’s been seven business days since the City Counselor’s office got involved. Still nothing.

rodcarrequest1I’ve been trying to get Carpenter’s vehicle mileage logs since April 28th.

I had to send a second letter because Carpenter claimed she didn’t get the first. She said it didn’t matter because the car was a special benefit and she didn’t have to keep a mileage log. In 2010, she agreed with State Auditor Susan Montee to keep a mileage log.

I am not blaming newly appointed Recorder Florida. She was just sworn into office.

I do find it suspicious, however, that the City Counselor’s office got involved in Sunshine requests of this type.

The mileage log is of interest because of the mileage Carpenter turned in to the Comptroller for IRS purposes in 2010-2013.

The distance between Carpenter’s home and City Hall is 9.4 miles. sqcmileageirsUsing a generous 10 miles, 20 miles round trip:

In 2013, Carpenter estimated 3,380 miles for commuting to and from work:

3,380 miles ÷ 20 miles round trip = 169 work day round trips
169 work days ÷ 52 weeks = 3 days a week

Is there anyone who believes Sharon Carpenter came to her City Hall office an average of 3 days per week last year?

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Recorder Carpenter Fails To Respond to Sunshine Request

I have been trying to get copies of the mileage logs for St. Louis City Recorder’s City-issued car from January 1, 2011 thru March 31, 2014. I have hand delivered two requests to Recorder Sharon Carpenter’s office, including one a week ago, June 25th.

Comptroller Darlene Green has sent me the mileage reported by Recorder Carpenter for IRS purposes. These records show a great deal more in commuting miles to and from work than what is generally held to have been Carpenter’s infrequent visits to her City Hall office over recent years. My hope is the mileage logs will shed some light on her use of the taxpayer funded car.

Recorder Carpenter agreed to maintain a Vehicle Use Log for the car as a result of the January 2010 Audit by Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee.

The Audit stated:

“The Recorder used a city-owned vehicle for personal use and did not maintain vehicle usage logs to document commuting and personal use of the vehicle. The Recorder reported estimated personal usage of 4,000 miles and commuting usage of 4,844 miles to the City Comptroller’s office for calendar year 2008 and was taxed for this usage. The Recorder does not maintain a vehicle usage log to document miles driven for official, commuting, and personal use. Service department records show the vehicle was driven a total of approximately 13,000 miles during 2008.”

“Without adequate usage logs, the Recorder cannot effectively demonstrate the purpose for which the vehicle is used. Vehicle usage logs should include trip information (i.e., beginning and ending odometer readings, destination, and purpose).”

“WE RECOMMEND the Recorder of Deeds prepare a vehicle usage log to ensure personal and commuting mileage reported for compensation is adequately supported.”

According to the Audit, Recorder Carpenter responded in the affirmative.

“The Recorder provided the following written response:
The Recorder has implemented this recommendation.”

This is not the first time, Recorder Carpenter has not responded in a timely manner to a Chapter 610, Revised Statutes of Missouri request for public records. She took a month to respond to my request for copies of records relating the Recorder’s Technology and Preservation Fund.

It is disturbing that a public records office has such a hard time providing public records on its finances.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds