March 24, 2009 at 1:00 am

Bobb appoints DPS financial team

Trio, including ex-FBI agent, to help stabilize district, review audits, investigate wrongdoing.

Robert Bobb, DPS financial manager, helps Alvin Hosendove, 6, make a kite with teacher Lori Crandall. A new team will oversee finances. (Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News)

DETROIT -- Detroit Public Schools' new emergency financial manager on Monday introduced a three-person team charged with stabilizing the district's troubled finances and rooting out wrongdoing, and he called on citizens to help them uncover misconduct.

Robert Bobb, in his third week on the job, announced the one-year appointments of Ricardo A. Kisner, a certified public accountant, as chief financial officer; John E. Bell Jr., a former FBI Special Agent, as inspector general; and Odell W. Bailey, a former interim auditor general for Wayne County government, as auditor general.

"We are solidifying our financial reporting as well as our ability to substantially review ongoing operations," Bobb said. The total of their salaries is around $400,000, he said, but they will be adding teams of auditors and inspectors.

The role of inspector general, a position used in other urban districts around the nation, will be "to investigate and audit waste, fraud or abuse," Bobb said.

Bell worked 32 years for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, formerly serving as special agent in charge of all FBI investigative operations in Michigan, including organized crime, foreign counterintelligence, major offenders, white collar crime and other areas.

Bobb said he chose an inspector general who had law enforcement experience and issued a plea to employees and citizens to report suspected waste or mismanagement to a new hotline and e-mail address.

Kisner, a graduate of Cass Technical High School, most recently was chief financial officer for the village of Glenview, Ill., a Chicago suburb.

He also worked as finance director/CFO for the city of Daytona Beach, Fla., and was chief accounting officer for the city of Detroit.

Bailey, a graduate of Mumford High School served in various top-level posts in auditing in Wayne County government.

At the federal level, Bailey was evaluator in charge and senior evaluator for the United States Government Accounting Office. In that position, he monitored programs related to education, defense, housing, energy and regulatory compliance of mobile source emissions.

Bailey's job as DPS auditor general will be to act as director of the internal audit department. That office will assess the level of risk in district operations and ensure that systems limiting risk are in place.

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