Allegations of misconduct at another City of Tucson department

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Another city department, this time it's Parkwise the city's parking program, is under fire for misconduct.

It's prompting questions about the highest level of city management.

In Friday's Arizona Daily Star new allegations against Parkwise bubbled to the surface.

"It's disheartening to see another example of mismanagement at the top level of city government," said Councilman Steve Kozachik.

Mismanagement at Parkwise led to thousands of dollars in parking revenues completely unaccounted for.

That includes $9,000 from parking garage revenues.  Plus, inadequate control of keys to parking meters and sensitive information.

"From a financial standpoint it's totally unacceptable," said City Manager Mike Letcher.  "It's not a practice that's widespread in the city."

But over the last year, the City of Tucson has had its share of allegations of misconduct.

Rio Nuevo audits, FBI investigations and even a crisis within the city's 911 call center.

"For someone to say this is not reflective of how the city is managed, I guess i have to beg to differ," said Kozachik.

Councilman Steve Kozachik not so subtly suggests its time for Letcher to step down, "At some point we need to ask the question is the city manager effectively running this city."

The city manager has no comment to Kozachik's call.  But Councilwoman Karin Uhlich says she's content with Letcher's management thus far.

Letcher does say he's taken steps to fix the problem at Parkwise.

"This will not happen ever again," said Letcher.  "We got a new direction in that department and I'm confident we won't experience these things again in the future."

One of those shifts includes placing Parkwise under the General Services department.  A move Kozachik doesn't understand.

"The exact same things going on at 911 are going on at Parkwise.  I guess I just have to wonder what Mr. Letcher is thinking when he does something like that," said Kozachik.

"General Services is one our best departments," responded Letcher.

And the Parkwise Problems will continue to be corrected.

The Arizona Attorney General's office is also looking into three potential criminal cases related to Parkwise misconduct.