Sunday's story in the Rapid City Journal on the fraud at the Rapid City Landfill (read it here) demonstrates that the city's Community Resources Department, Kevin Thom appears to have not been invited to the original investigation of the issue. Mr. Thom oversees the Human Resources Department.
So, it is odd that an investigation of fraud at the landfill including landfill employees, would not include the department head who oversees matters involving possible employee theft. It is even more odd, when you consider that Mr. Thom, prior to coming to Rapid City government, was for many years an investigator with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
It would occur to me, if I were Public Works Director Robert Ellis, that having an experienced criminal investigator on staff would be quite helpful in his relentless (one day) pursuit of the truth at the landfill. But, that apparently didn't happen. And, it seems odd that as the department head in charge of human resources, Mr. Thom would not insist on being part of any such investigation. City Hall is a small place. It would be hard to believe Mr. Thom would not have known about such an investigation of city employees. It also seems Mr. Thom's expertise as a criminal investigator would not have been invaluable to such an inquiry.
But, Mr. Thom appears to have been left in the dark on the matter. Or if he had any involvement in the original one-day exhaustive investigation, his name was not included in any of the records released on the matter.
And, Mr. Thom wants to be Pennington County's new sheriff. That is troublesome, indeed.