Talk of the Sound has learned that Richard Fevang is now seeking a 30 day suspension for a city worker suspected of being the whistleblower who came forward last year with the evidence that led the Westchester District Attorney investigation of the City of New Rochelle Department of Public Works. The Westchester DA investigation began when invoices for a garbage truck, invoices approved by Fevang, were determined to contain charges for thousands of dollars of work that was never done. The investigation has since expanded to include multiple individuals and multiple vendors throughout the Tri-state area as well as the New Rochelle Marina within the Department of Parks & Recreation.
The identity of the whistleblower is an open secret within City Hall.
The disciplinary matter arose two weeks ago when Richard Fevang, the DPW Fleet Manager at the center of the DA investigation, alleged in a meeting with newly installed DPW Commissioner Alex Turgis that the employee in question did work on a fellow employee's car during working hours. Specifically, that a headlight on a private vehicle was replaced on City time. The DPW employee has acknowledged changing the headlight but denied any wrongdoing stating that the headlight was provided to him by the owner of the vehicle and that both employees had punched out and were not working on City time.
Turgis, reportedly unaware that Fevang has been the target of two separate public integrity investigations by the District Attorney, took the allegations at face value and reported them City Manager Chuck Strome.