Wild said she canceled the city's contract with Ciiber on July 16 after the company failed to provide the city with proof of liability insurance. Wild said she contacted city directors who would have been affected. None, she said, was opposed to canceling it. Wild said she also consulted with Managing Director Francis Dougherty before pulling the plug but did not speak to Pawlowski about the cancellation. "I got concerned about their responsiveness in general," Wild said of Ciiber. "If they couldn't respond before the contract, how would they respond after [it was executed]."What is startling about this whole sequence is that the contract was only cancelled after it became an object of interest by the FBI. Although Wild does serve at the Mayor's pleasure, she stated when all the commotion began, that it isn't her job to defend the mayor or any person at city hall. Although I understand the technicality that Ciiber never satisfied the insurance requirements, decisions to institute or cancel contracts are not normally made by the solicitor, although that office might consult, and send such notices. Additionally, Wild went out of her way to not have the mayor involved with her decision. Wild is certainly appearing to be injecting her office defensively on the mayor's behalf, against both the ill fated Ciiber contract, and the paper's attempt at scrutiny of city hall.
Oct 16, 2015
Guarding Allentown City Hall
a recent report, by Emily Opilo in The Morning Call, by actions seeming to complicate the paper's discovery about the Ciiber contract, which is apparently an object of the FBI investigation. The city solictitor, Susan Ellis Wild, refused to release documents requested under the company's former name, Five C. This obstacle required the paper to file a new right to know request, under the new name, Ciiber. Furthermore, Susan Wild then responded with a thirty day delay, to review the second request.