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Cuyahoga County corruption investigators serve subpoena pertaining to $25 million ERP computer project

May 22, 2018 GMT

Cuyahoga County corruption investigators serve subpoena pertaining to $25 million ERP computer project

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Corruption investigators have served another grand jury subpoena on Cuyahoga County, this time seeking records related to its troubled ERP computer-integration project.

The subpoena, received by the county on Friday, asks for audio and video recordings of a Cuyahoga County Council meeting on Sept. 19, 2016, as well as notes, recordings and minutes of what is referenced in the subpoena as an “ERP SELECTION COMMITTEE” meeting on May 18, 2016.

ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning and refers to a plan that originated in 2010 to spend up to $25 million to connect the county’s computer systems.

Cuyahoga County Council President Dan Brady said the Sept. 19 meeting referenced in the subpoena was a gathering of the council’s finance committee where ERP-related contracts were recommended for approval. He said he didn’t know who was on the ERP selection committee, which had met the previous May, but that it did not include members of council or its staff.

In October of 2016, the County Council awarded contracts to several vendors in connection with the ERP project. Those vendors included Ciber Inc., Infor Public Sector Inc. MHC software Inc. and Emphasys Software, according to information provided by the county.

The subpoena (read it below) seeks various county logs that show user access to information related to several vendors, including Ciber, Infor, Plante Moran, MHC, as well as “HYLAND AST AND/OR AST-ORACLE.”

Prosecutors also want to see email communications involving county employees Scot Rourke, Emily McNeeley, Cindi Nappi, Debbie Davtovich, Mike Young and James Hay.

Rourke, the director of the county IT Department, and Emily McNeeley, IT general counsel and director of special initiatives, were placed on unpaid leave last month pending the corruption investigation, which came to light earlier this year.

Friday’s subpoena was the 12th served on the county in connection with an investigation undertaken by the County Prosecutor’s Office.

Previous subpoenas served on the county have sought email communications involving Rourke and McNeeley, as well as information about their access to certain county contracts. Among the companies doing business with the county that have been named in subpoenas are Vox Mobile OneCommunity, two businesses that Rourke helped start, and Hyland Software, which employs McNeeley’s spouse.

Nappi was hired in 2016 to be the ERP project administrator but was recently transfered to the county’s human resources department. Davtovich is the web and applications administrator in the IT department. Mike Young is the county’s chief technical officer and acting IT director. James Hay is deputy chief innovations officer.

“We are fully cooperating with the investigation,” county spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said.