Media reports in the Times and the Trentonian as well as Councilman Coston are now saying that the "new" Colicelli contract is for one year at a whopping 33% increase!
Of course, who would know since the contracts are not made available for public scrutiny until after they are signed!
This makes the points raised here yesterday and on the Trenton Facts website all that more serious.
The simple facts are this: the city of Trenton is hiring and paying a consultant with questionable credentials a lot of money plus giving him use of taxpayer funded resources with no measurable or demonstrated benefit.
Mr. Colicelli is a retired Police Captain from Newark and known crony of Police Director Joseph Santiago.
Mr. Colicelli himself frequently stated upon his arrival in Trenton that he is "no Gang expert."
Mr. Colicelli is not a Trenton native; does not live here; was not familiar with the City or its residents when he began consulting for the City three years ago, yet we turned to him for consulting services and "knowledge" that is available from within the ranks of our police department.
Mr. Colicelli has not thus far been required to turn in detailed paperwork accounting for the time he has charged to the city.
Mr. Colicelli has not demonstrated to any group or individual that he has provided a benefit to the city.
Mr. Colicelli is rarely seen at City Council meetings or out in the Community.
Mr. Colicelli can travel to conferences, at the City's cost, to give presentations yet he can't be bothered to keep the community that is paying him abreast of the progress of his work.
Mr. Colicelli is blythely ripping off the taxpayers of this city and he's being aided and abetted by the Palmer administration.
We need a consultant who will tell us how to disband the "Gang" that is really holding this city hostage. The "gang" who's OG is Douglas H. Palmer