Carmel City Attorney Doug Haney is facing criticism over his travel and training expenses.
The Call 6 Investigators have been digging through the receipts for the past few weeks and found more than $22,402 in expenses, including stays at high-end hotels.
The training and travel expenses were incurred as part of Haney’s continuing legal education, in which he receives guidance on laws and regulations.
Records show in 2012, the city spent $15,434.23 on travel expenses for Haney, such as hotel stays, air fare, ground transportation and meals.
Documents also show Carmel spent $6,968 on registration fees for the seminars.
In 2012, Haney attended 13 seminars, most of them out of state in places like San Diego, New York, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Chicago and Atlanta.
Haney spent $1,550 to stay four days at the luxury hotel Arizona Biltmore, where a conference called “2012 National Workplace Strategies” was being held.
Haney also spent $958.29 on two nights at the Hilton Times Square in New York during a seminar titled “Electronic Discovery Guidance for 2012.”
Carmel City Councilman Eric Seidensticker has some concerns about the expenses.
“I don’t think you have to go to the most expensive hotel in the area,” said Seidensticker. “It’s not his money, it’s taxpayer money.”
Seidensticker said perhaps the city should allow Haney to stay at a Holiday Inn-priced hotel, and Haney can pay for additional upgrades.All of us practicing attorneys aren't fooled one bit by the game Haney is playing. We all know that an Indiana municipal lawyer should primarily be attending continuing legal education courses in-state that actually discuss laws that apply to municipal government. Here's the load of crap he fed Kenney for spending so much money attending out-of-state CLE seminars:
“Although I do attend legal seminars that are available locally, the vast majority of those that address the issues I face are national in scope, and are held out-of-state,” wrote Haney in his statement. “I am frequently able to reduce the cost of these seminars by agreeing to speak at several of them each year and by 'bundling' multiple seminars from the same sponsor at a reduced rate."
Haney went on to say the seminars help develop organizational relationships and have resulted in his recent election to the Board of Directors of the International Municipal Lawyers Association.
“Although legal education can be expensive, it is far cheaper than the cost of erroneous legal decisions,” wrote Haney.Legal education is "far cheaper than the cost of erroneous decisions?" Yeah, right. Since when have you made a legal decision? Why does your legal department farm out so much of its legal work to the most expensive law firms in the state if you're putting all that education to good use? We know what you're doing, Doug. Former Councilor John Acceturo has your number. “He wasn’t around a lot, he was gone a lot,” said Accetturo. “It gives the impression that he is enjoying himself on the taxpayer’s tab.” Spot on, John.