Friday, March 6, 2015
MORE PIGS FEEDING AT THE TROUGH ONCE AGAIN
I think we all knew it was too good to be true. Last year when Saundra Kee-Borges announced that she was finally retiring from the Segarra Administration, a sigh of relief could be heard coming from many Hartford people. A collective "thank you" and good bye , oh and by the way can you take your fiancee Terry Waller with you came from many.
Although she had explained she wanted to spend more time with her family, that was short lived. Many thought it might be a coincidence that the timing of her retirement announcement came at the same time of the announcement of a Federal Corruption Task force being launched in Connecticut, but time will have to tell on that one.
It now appears that Saundra Kee- Borges had other plans for retirement. On January 31, 2015, her retirement date, one of her last official acts as Hartford's Corporation Counsel was to author an agreement benefiting herself. In a document obtained through an FOI request, Kee-Borges initiated and signed an agreement hiring herself back at $250.00 an hour. That works out to $10,000 a week for a forty hour week. Not a bad retirement job if you can get it. But Kee-Borges has never seemed to be embarrassed by taking advantage of the people of Hartford when it benefits her checkbook.
It makes you wonder what kind of operation she ran as Corporation Counsel that no one was mentored to take her place when she left. Is their no one in her office capable of covering the legal tasks we are now willing to pay her $10,000 a week for? And is this the best route to go, would it make more sense to actually hire an outside firm that has actual expertise in this type of legal work aside from sitting behind a desk at City Hall
For those people struggling to pay their taxes and put food on the table, take consolation in knowing that Sandy Kee-Borges will be very comfortable in her retirement courtesy of her law school study buddy Mayor Pedro Segarra.
The engagement letter Kee Borges wrote for herself is below. There are no restrictions on the time length or dollar amount in the letter.