Soon after starting work in 2009 as Salem's school business administrator, Timothy Sheehan said the issue was brought to his attention in a meeting with the city's finance director, Rich Viscay.
worked for the city in 2009 and 2010.
went to the attorney general last year only because he
thought the issue had not been addressed by Salem officials or others he
"(Viscay) informed me that there was a long-standing and serious issue with contracts for building repairs and maintenance, which were routinely placed on a no-bid basis with preferred vendors," Sheehan
wrote in a 2011 letter to the state Division of Professional Licensure
called the statement "a little bit misleading," since the city, he
alleges, was aware of the problems long ago.
Viscay said that Sheehan
, as a state-certified procurement officer trained in bidding rules, has to bear some responsibility for any bidding irregularities.
In response, Sheehan
said that anything he
approved also had to be approved by the city's purchasing agent.
In his letter, Sheehan said he eventually resigned from Salem because he did not want to become a "complicit partner in that illegal and flawed procurement process."
recalled, raised a number of issues himself.
"Anytime Tim brought anything to our attention, I think we were working as hard as we could to try to address it," she said.