While I have never been in an illicit relationship on or off the job, I have had an illicit relationship with a credit card which I think gives me some basis for understanding this situation. Also, many years ago our city was sued along with our mayor for sexual harassment on the job and had to pay a large settlement; the mayor never resigned.
The current news story is that several years ago there was a trial with several key points but the main issues revolved around an illicit affair between Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty. Further, he was accused of wrongly terminating the “whistle blowers” on the case resulting in an eight million dollar judgment against the city.
This story has resulted just recently with Kilpatrick being charged with twelve counts of perjury because text messages have been found between him and Beatty which verify a relationship.
Of course, even with the most incriminating evidence one can not call Mayor Kilpatrick a criminal at this point.
About 23 years ago, when I was a young executive, I was promoted to the heady position of executive vice president of a small life insurance company.
My wife and I had been trying to have children for 10 years and had finally succeeded. Unfortunately, even though I got a nice raise with my promotion, we had many medical bills and living expenses.
That particular year our city had a severe winter. Day after day the temperature would be below zero. Further, our son had a number of medical problems (not serious) that cost us money because they were not covered because of deductibles.
Our home was heated by a furnace that was in the attic and did not do a good job of keeping our house warm.
I had a corporate credit card that I was allowed to use for any business-related expenses.
I made a terribly stupid decision. I couldn’t stand seeing my wife and child cold and I couldn’t stand seeing my wife worrying about money. I bought several space heaters; I bought a couple of cords of wood for our fireplace; I bought a lot of groceries and I paid our medical debts off. As with many people who do this kind of thing I figured I would pay it off quickly with my new salary level.
I am sure you can guess the rest of the story. The accounting department noticed that I was charging a lot and then they noticed that it was for personal items. I was called into the President’s office.
There was enough charged on that card that it was a felony, however, the President cared a lot about me and didn’t want to hurt my young family. I was allowed to pay the debt back (at interest) and keep my job; I was very, very lucky.
People who are in positions of authority will find it difficult to get away with very much. Sadly, sometimes other people pay for their mistakes as in the situation of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick where Detroit is footing the bill.
While not always true, by in large however, honesty is still the best, and safest, policy.
Detroit’s Kwame Kilpatrick Doesn’t Resign Despite Charges Muckety
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