The City of Cleveland yesterday received a Department of Justice report auditing the city’s management of the 2016 Bureau of Justice Assistance Presidential Candidate Nominating Convention Grant. The funds were awarded to the City in support of the 2016 Republican National Convention. With one minor exception, which has since been corrected, the report did not identify any issues regarding Cleveland’s financial management, concluding the city appropriately managed the grant.
Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Kevin J. Kelley today released statements on the positive findings:
“While the positive results of the Department of Justice audit may be a surprise to some, it was no surprise to the City of Cleveland. We not only hosted one of the best and safest conventions, but successfully managed a $49 million grant. As a city with a budget of more than $1.7 billion and one that has demonstrated sound financial management, we know how to manage resources. The team from the City and our partners are true professionals. I thank them for their support and attention to detail. It helped make the Republican National Convention a success and the series of audit visits that followed just as successful.” –Mayor Frank G. Jackson
“Despite concerns from those outside Cleveland, our city put on a flawless convention. Everything went according to plan because it was meticulously crafted and managed for more than 18 months by the City of Cleveland and a team of local experts. Today’s results show that our city was successful in our efforts and the selection committee made the right decision in choosing Cleveland as the location for the 2016 Republican National Convention. –Cleveland City Council President Kevin J. Kelley