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Councilman DiCiccio's Third Statement on Police ContractCouncilman DiCiccio's Third Statement on Police Contract<div class="ExternalClass2954D81C7BF1496EB6D64DFD3FE75D7B"><p>​<strong>Dr. Whitaker Withdraws Phoenix Police Department Sole Bid Training Contract: </strong></p><p><strong>Good for the City of Phoenix Citizens and Taxpayers;</strong></p><p><strong>Bad for the City of Phoenix Sole Source Bid Process</strong></p><p><em>Controversy over ASU Professor's plagiarism charges and rushed sole source bid process drive withdrawal.</em><em>  </em></p><p>Dr. Matthew Whitaker's admission to plagiarism charges were not revealed to the Phoenix City Council when it approved the "Cultural Consciousness Training" contract at a City Council Meeting on May 13, 2015. The rushed process used by the city of Phoenix Police Department and its assurances that a complete investigation had been conducted further add to the controversy.  </p><p> </p><p>In a statement released by City of Phoenix City Councilman, Sal DiCiccio, he added to his earlier discovery and disclosures regarding the controversy by commenting that, "This sole source bid contract should not have happened; putting over quarter of a million dollars into the hands of one person without competition.  I have relayed my direction to the City Manager that going forward, the city of Phoenix must use a transparent and competitive open bid process.  This is fair to the organizations that want to do business and with the city, and results in the best value for the tax payer dollar."  </p><p>To view Dr. Whitaker's cancellation letter visit this <a href="/piosite/Documents/Whitaker%20Cancellation.pdf">link</a>. </p></div>7/14/2015 10:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405