I am, by day, a public records archivist. I worked for Sharon Carpenter. I represent myself here, not Carpenter, not my current employer, not anyone else.
Have I shared information on illegal activity by my former employer Sharon Carpenter with others- elected officials, Democratic Committeepersons, including Recorder candidate Ed McFowland, and Media- over the past two years? Yes.
Am I the only person to talk about Carpenter’s misdeeds? No. Other current and former Recorder employees and other City department employees have also done the unthinkable- talked.
Did Sharon Carpenter smoke cigarettes in her Recorder Office in violation of City Code Chapter 11.32? Yes. I have personally seen her smoking inside her City Hall office.
Her smoke also entered my workspace from the radiator system and because she would light up without shutting her door. Sometimes, if I knew she was coming to the office, I would try and schedule a vacation day. If I was at the office when she was chain smoking for hours, next day I often had to use a sick day because of the sinus headache she had given me.
Did I, other employees, and customers report the smoking to Citizens Service Bureau and City Marshals? Yes.
Did Sharon Carpenter come to her City Hall office an average of 3 days a week last year? No. Some weeks she did not come in at all. Some weeks 1-2 days. Only occasionally did she come to work 3 days. This is an issue because of the mileage she declared on her city car for IRS purposes.
Did Sharon Carpenter use the resources of the Recorder’s Office- phones, printers, fax machine, computers, staff labor, postage, stationary- for political purposes throughout the past three and a half years? Yes.
Former Missouri Attorney General William Webster did prison time for using State copiers and phones.
Is there more? Yes.
We were told over and over again at the office, it’s not a problem if no one talks about it.
On the day she resigned, we were told that the “disloyal” persons spreading the “misinformation” would be found out.
She still does not get that she has done wrong.
7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman