GRAPEVINE, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – Grapevine residents are shocked and trying to figure out how two city employees were able to use thousands of dollars in city funds for their own personal gain.

More than a dozen people who live in town are furious at what happened and waited three hours just to tell city council members how they felt.

“I don’t understand how this is happening and to me as a Grapevine resident and taxpayer it’s a real slap in the face,” Grapevine lives, Marsha Wesley said.

People are sharing their thoughts after two independent investigations concluded that former parks and recreation director Kevin Mitchell and former libraries director Ruth Chiego used more than $58,000 of city funds for ‘personal use’ .

“If we don’t keep pushing and getting answers, it will happen again,” resident Dave Custable said. “We’ll have a lot of people applying for the city of Grapevine because they know they can get away with a lot of things, so it has to stop.”

It was a packed house for the Grapevine City Council meeting on Tuesday, to hear the final breakdown of how this might have happened.

“What I heard today is that these audits that we do are not fully comprehensive, what I heard today is that the checks and balances are mostly based on trust , and I think the citizens of the vineyard deserve much more than a politics of trust,” said resident Danielle Kaufman.

An internal investigation using a third-party firm found Mitchell used $33,359 of city money and Chiego used $24,916.

The investigation first reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram found that Mitchell purchased football tickets and Apple products. Chiego has purchased furniture and thousands of dollars in purchases from Amazon.

The city released this statement nearly two weeks ago, saying:

“The Town of Grapevine takes its responsibility as a trustee of taxpayers’ money seriously. As such, we use internal and external audits of expenses to ensure compliance with city policy, generally accepted accounting practices, and state law. Recently, a member of our finance staff asked about two department heads and purchases they made with their acquisition card (P-Card) that appeared to be personal. Of course, personal spending on a City P-Card is not and has never been authorized by any City employee.

After being made aware of the issue, the City Manager‘s office took the following actions:

• Hired an external forensic auditor to review P-Card purchases for the two employees whose expenses were questioned, and then tasked them with reviewing a significant number of other P-Card purchases to assess city-wide compliance.

• The external forensic audit report completed in mid-January was submitted to the City’s external auditor.

• The report made recommendations for improving internal control which were immediately implemented. In addition, the auditor identified the personal purchase transactions made by the two department heads.

• Both department heads have resigned and are required to reimburse funds spent for their personal use, as recommended by the audit firm.

Following this audit in February, Chiego resigned and Mitchell retired.

“We have a very competent city manager here and we have city councils who want to do the right thing, so when we hear that someone is resigning after embezzling money, my question is why hasn’t he he wasn’t just fired for misconduct,” Custable said.

The city council was not told about the investigation until the two employees left, they too are trying to figure out how they missed this and now city leaders are introducing an update process for employees using the city ​​funding.

These new procedures, according to the city manager, include:

-Every transaction of the department head approved by finance

-Personnel level transactions are approved by department supervisor and finance

-Any questionable transactions are forwarded to the City Manager’s office

The two former employees agreed to repay the personal use amount within nine months. The city said Mitchell had already paid in full.

The city manager admits it’s possible they were wrong about the amount of money spent, it could be more than the report found.