While Bo Kemp’s total compensation remains as much a mystery as what he does in the “transparent” Freeman-Wilson, contracts uploaded to the gateway show that he received a 29% raise in February 2018 retroactive to January 1, 2018.
June 29, 2018-While Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson reportedly sent out a letter to local organizations pleading for money for public safety, the Gary Sanitary District was hard at work providing a raise for the Mayor’s favorite crony contractor. According to documents obtained from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, GSD and Kemp entered into a contract on December 18, 2018 which would pay him $175.00 per hour for various deliverables. On February 21, 2018, the crony GSD board approved a $50 (29%) increase in the hourly rate to be paid to Kemp. It is unclear what the rationale was for the increase as the “transparent” Freeman-Wilson administration rarely provides insight into the activities or reports of Kemp. In fact, it has been reported that Kemp has contracts with the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority but we could not find any contracts for Kemp and the Airport Authority online. Kemp is also President of the ironically titled Gary Economic Development Corporation, but no contract detailing compensation for that position could be found either.
Municipalities are required to upload all contracts which total over $50,000 to the Indiana Gateway for Local Government. Many local municipalities simply refuse to do so or upload select contracts. As Gary struggles to pay public safety employees, we will continue to provide you details on the numerous consulting contracts which the City continues to enter into. Perhaps the “transparent” Freeman-Wilson administration could take a huge step toward transparency by explaining the Bo Kemp raise and detailing which, if any, consultant contracts were paid out of any funds where the Ambulance/EMS monies were illegally transferred.
Don’t expect answers from the State Board of Accounts who apparently missed the transfers of $millions of dollars in public safey funds in every audit.
You can see the full contracts below:
Faegre BD Consultion - Bo Kemp 2018 Contract
126 Faegre BD Consulting - Bo Kemp Amended 2018 Contract - Rates