Update: In 2013, B&C Retailing was registered to Shockey’s daughter. I have also obtained warrants from 9/9/11 and 10/14/11 which contain payments of $2,461 and $201 to B&C Retailing (relevant page from 2/6/14 warrant also included at that link).
In the February 6, 2014 list of city of Arnold general warrants, on page 8, there is a payment of $735 to a company called B & C Retailing for employee awards.
B & C Retailing is owned by one Robert T. Shockey, who is also Arnold’s police chief. The business address is his home address.
According to random business information web sites, this company was founded in 1995, does engraving work, has a sales volume of about $60,000, and has one employee.
Did Arnold choose to do business with this vendor because they are the best value in engraving, or because it is owned by the police chief?
Additionally, I have it on good authority that a company called Fran Ann Engraving was used to supply medals for the 2013 Arnold Days fishing derby. Fran Ann is owned by a Rich Bath. Bath is a partner with Shockey and his wife in a corporation called RRC Enterprises, LLC. Judith, the chief’s wife, is the registered agent, and the corporation’s address is also that of the Shockey residence.
However, a glance at the October 3, 2013 general warrants, page 14, lists a payment of $288 to a Russ Ahlheim for “fishing metals [sic].” Ahlheim is associated with a corporation called Ad Source One, LLC, which is presumably housed at Ahlheim’s residence, located a mere one mile away from the Shockey home. I’m not sure why the city paid Ahlheim for the medals. I would be interested to know who the medals were purchased from in 2012, but I can’t find the entry. Notably, though, the September 20, 2012 warrants are missing from the city web page. Perhaps the answer is there.
Arnold city ordinance Chapter 2, Article 6, Division 2-280(d) says:
Employee owned businesses. City goods or services shall not be obtained from businesses in which city officials, employees or their immediate family members have a majority ownership interest.
These practices I have outlined would seem to violate the ordinance. Also I would submit that the word “majority” should be removed. I have done some searching of the city warrants, but not a whole lot, and I have found no other payments by the city to the above mentioned entities. But there may be more out there. I think that these business relationships should raise some concerns. It is also worth asking who else knows about this? I find it hard to believe this could have taken place without the knowledge of any other employees or elected officials.