Saturday, April 8, 2017

Former City of Greensboro Assistant Manager Mary Vigue used her position to personally profit via Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford


Oct. 19, 2015  

GUILFORD COUNTY, NC, Oct. 19 – Say Yes to Education Guilford, the non-profit partnership that has committed to provide Guilford County Schools’ students with access to college and other post-secondary scholarships, as well as support services in kindergarten through grade 12, today announced the appointment of Mary F. Vigue as the chapter’s Executive Director. Vigue served most recently as Assistant City Manager of the City of Greensboro.

...Say Yes also announced the hiring of Dr. Kristen Christman, most recently Director of the UNCG Guarantee with the University of North Carolina Greensboro, to serve as the Scholarship Director for Say Yes Guilford. Dr. Christman will be charged with establishing the paperwork, processes and structures for Say Yes Guilford scholarship awards – whose initial recipients will be members of the high school graduating class of 2016."
"Any officer, department head or employee who has financial interest, direct or indirect, in any proposed contract with the city or in a proposed sale of any land, material, supplies, or services to the city or to a contractor supplying the city, shall make known that interest and shall refrain from ...participating in the making of such contract or sale.

Any officer, department head, or employee who willfully conceals such a financial interest or willfully violates the requirements of this Section shall be guilty of malfeasance in office or position and shall forfeit his office or position.

Violation of this Section with the knowledge expressed or implied of the person or corporation contracting with or making a sale to the city shall render the contract void."

Sec. 4.131. - Conflict of interest: Greensboro Code of Ordinances, City Charter

Mary appears to have applied for the job before July 27, 2015,
meaning she had a direct financial interest in the contract;

Mary Vigue advocated for Say Yes to Education 
as a City Assistant Manager and an applicant for the job at the same time
meaning the City Conflict of interest policy was violated
by at least Mary Vigue, and Jim Westmoreland if he was aware

And then, after Mary applied for the job 
and before it was announced that she would run Say Yes Guilford,
she arranged a 1$ lease for herself and her new gig
as an acting City of Greensboro employee;

And the following persons knew it;

All while Mary worked on the Say Yes Operating Committee
as a representative of the City of Greensboro
in violation of the City Charter Conflict of Interest Policy;