From The Voice of OC:
Orange County’s Clerk-Recorder paid Anaheim City Councilman Jordan Brandman $24,000 for an incomplete report while he was campaigning for office last year, raising questions from two county supervisors about whether the county inappropriately compensated Brandman for a draft report he hasn’t finished.
“You can't pay a consultant for work that's in draft form,” said County Supervisor Todd Spitzer Tuesday after reviewing Brandman’s contract and report. “None of these payments should have been made.”
Brandman has not returned phone calls for comment on his consulting contract.
He first arrived at the Clerk Recorder’s office in 2011 as an “external relations manager,” although it’s largely unclear what he actually did. Clerk recorder officials deleted Brandman’s public calendar. And most of Brandman’s work-related email traffic released by the office in response to a public records request by Voice of OC only shows that he was often out of the office at offsite meetings.
He resigned that position just as his city council campaign was gearing up and later secured the consulting arrangement.
Most of his facilities report – which is a study about whether the clerk-recorder needs a branch office in West Orange County – rehashes publicly available data from the U.S. Census, the state Department of Finance, the clerk-recorder's office and other “multimedia” sources, according to a draft obtained by Voice of OC.
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