Then-City Clerk Tom Moran presiding over Nome’s October 2014 election. (Photo by Matthew F. Smith, KNOM)Nome City Manager Tom Moran resigned from his office last month after the city faced scrutiny for a perceived lack of transparency and potentially mishandled investigations in the police department. He had intended to continue work as a contract employee but has now been placed on administrative leave after allegations of harassment were brought forward to the City Council at its meeting Monday.Listen nowMoran and Mayor Richard Beneville were both absent due to travel. Moran resigned from his office in September but said he would work as City Manager until October 18th, per the conditions of his contract.An emotional testimony was brought forth by Ahne Schield, the music director at Nome-Beltz High School, during Citizens Comments in which Schield claimed that Moran had harassed her personally and through text message last year.Schield says Moran appeared to be pretending to be someone else, including in messages she described as lewd.“He began to make suggestive comments using words like ‘urges’ and the like,” Schield said.In one message, Schield says the sender claimed to have watched her arrive home that night. A few weeks later Schield called the number and says she received the voice mail of Tom Moran.“And that same day we went to the troopers as we have … nothing illegal .. we felt helpless,” Schield said. “What do you do? File a citizen’s complaint? No way that goes straight to the city manager.”According to Schield, this sequence of events took place last year, before Moran’s contract was renewed.KNOM reached out to Moran through e-mail. He admitted to sending Schield messages but denied that they were harassing. Moran did admit to pretending to be someone else due to having a previous conversation with Schield about that person; he says that he thought she had his number and would know that he only meant to be joking.Moran says he believes those messages were discussed in an executive session from which he was excluded.The Council voted unanimously to place Moran on leave.In the e-mail, Moran said he understands the Council had to make a difficult decision.The city council voted to approve John Handeland as the acting city manager.
SUBSCRIBE Entertainment, News and Lifestyle for Black America. News told by us for us. Black America’s #1 News Source: Our News. Our Voice. 31 Black Women Who Died In Police Custody Ben Carson , Housing , HUD When also asked if he would live in one the trailers, he paused and said, “If I had to.”One comment on the YouTube video said it looked like a failed FEMA camp and another user wrote, “Tiny homes are not a solution, you still end up with a landlord which now are managed by corporations.”Carson was also asked about how he is enforcing a law to kick families out of public housing if one person lives in their home illegally, “Because it’s the law. We’re a nation of laws and if the lawmakers don’t like it, they need to change it.”HUD says 55,000 American children could be evicted, but Carson doesn’t care because he is selectively uses the excuse of the law.Speaking of the law, how about if Carson obeyed the law. According to Politico, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has determined Carson broke the law by buying a $31,000 dining room set for his office and $8,000 dishwasher in the office kitchen. “Agencies are required to notify Congress of expenditures over $5,000 to furnish an executive’s office,” Politico wrote last month.Congress was reportedly not notified and Carson reportedly canceled the dining room set when the story broke early last year. No word about the dishwasher.Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee in charge of HUD, said in a statement that this apparent crime was “another example of the Trump administration trying to cast aside the law if it doesn’t suit them.” Thanks for signing up! Get ready for Exclusive content, Interviews,and Breaking news delivered direct to your inbox. Get ready for Exclusive content, Interviews,and Breaking news delivered direct to your inbox. More By NewsOne Staff Ben Carson‘s path of destruction as the unqualified secretary of Housing and Urban Development continues. His answer solving the housing crisis is to push everyone into a tiny trailer. This is not a joke.SEE ALSO: Maleah Davis’ Mother Confirms Her Husband Talked About Murder And Dumping A Body HUD officials have not commented on the decision from the GAO but supposedly HUD officials will set up a task force in the department to “improve its internal procedures.” HUD also instituted a mandatory review process “under which both its Office of Administration and Office of the Chief Financial Officer must approve all obligations or expenditures for covered purchases that affect any offices of any of HUD’s presidentially appointed officials,” according to the GAO.The New York Times reported on the dining set and its price tag in February 2018, just after HUD announced plans to slash funding for the homeless, elderly and poor, Carson and his wife went on a spending spree . “The purchase of the custom hardwood table, chairs and hutch came a month after a top agency staff member filed a whistle-blower complaint charging Mr. Carson’s wife, Candy Carson, with pressuring department officials to find money for the expensive redecoration of his offices, even if it meant circumventing the law,” the Times wrote at the time.More than $165,000 was spent buying lounge furniture for Carson’s office, the Guardian also reported at the time in exposing Carson’s press person, Raffi Williams, as a liar.Back in March of 2018, CNN.com reported that Carson was offered a chance to repair the chairs that were once there for a cost of just $1,100. But Carson reportedly refused. “Carson referenced this concern in his statement released earlier this month. The furniture, he said, was ‘characterized as unsafe’ and was ‘beyond repair and needed to be replaced,’” CNN wrote. Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Family HUD Official Helen Foster filed a lawsuit after she was allegedly demoted for refusing to approve the extravagant furniture.Watch the interview below:SEE ALSO:One Step Forward, 10 Steps Back: San Francisco’s First Black Woman Mayor Unseated By Rich White ManOutrageous! Figurines Of White Cherub Crushing Head Of Black Angel Removed From Dollar StoreMeet Jogger Joe, The Man Who Took Racist Cue From BBQ Becky In Tossing Homeless Man’s Clothes A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’ In an interview with ABC News, Carson showcased tiny trailers that he wants to push people into. When questioned how this will solver the housing crisis, he simply answered, “Just by being much more affordable.”