By: Diane Benjamin
This is the Pantagraph story announcing CIAM (John Butler) would not be renewing the contract to manage the Coliseum: http://www.pantagraph.com/entertainment/u-s-cellular-coliseum-to-receive-new-management/article_194a2f7c-d482-5d82-8885-7e5eafddb2b4.html
That was March 8, 2016. Tari Renner is quoted saying CIAM might get a short-term contract to help with the transition – maybe 30-60-or 90 days. Obviously Renner had no urgency to remove CIAM for suspected fraud or any interest in calling in the State Police yet.
My lawsuit, filed in September 2015, was still in process. I had been reporting for most of 2014 on CIAM and Coliseum operations. To their credit, the City was attempting to negotiate more transparency in the contract. Better late than never.
The article has links to the City and CIAM’s statements about ending the relationship.
Decide for yourself whether Renner and Hales sounded like they knew theft and fraud were occurring at the Coliseum. Maybe their attitude is why no one from the City protected documents and assets at the Coliseum. VenuWorks was announced on March 24th, just 16 days later.