March 28, 2018 10:34 AM
The company that provided security for the 2016 Ryder Cup in Minnesota will not be allowed to do further business in the state.
KSTP has learned that the Contemporary Services Corporation was not licensed during the two busiest days of the event.
The revelation came on Tuesday morning when a representative of CSC came before a state regulatory board to apply for a new license.
“I do take it seriously, and the board takes it seriously,” said Richard Hodsdon, chair of the Minnesota Board of Private Detective and Protective Agent Services.
For nearly half an hour, board members scolded Robert Swanson, CSC's regional manager. Swanson admitted the company was aware the license expired in the middle of the big event.
“I’m trying to figure out why you chose to intentionally engage in unlicensed activity,” Hodsdon said during the meeting.
Swanson told the board that the renewal came at a bad time and during a staff shake-up. The company also said it thought the license holder had to be a resident of Minnesota, and the company's new manager was not.
A spokesperson later said that the company thought it could get around the issue by hiring subcontractors from Monterrey Security who would handle security matters while CSC staff acted more as ushers.
Pictures show otherwise.
“Were any of them working the perimeter of the golf course itself?” Asked Hodsdon.
“I can’t say definitively,” Swanson replied.
“We see photographs of their people literally wearing shirts that say security on them," Hodsdon said in an interview later. "They are doing access control. They are regulating the flow in the crowds."
When the Ryder Cup returns to Minnesota in 2028, as was announced earlier this week, it appears CSC will not. On Tuesday morning the board unanimously denied the company a new license.
“People are told long in advance 'your license is up for renewal,'" Hodsdon said. "You wouldn’t think we would have to babysit multi-million dollar corporations, but apparently we do."
In order to renew a license, companies must submit proof that employees passed background checks and received proper training.
The company insists this is not an issue with background checks.
However, working without a license is a misdemeanor.
At the time, the board said it referred the situation over to local law enforcement; it was not immediately clear whether criminal charges were being considered.
CSC General Counsel and Vice President Jim Service said the company will appeal the board’s decision and will try to work with the board to get its license.
Updated: March 28, 2018 10:34 AM
Created: March 27, 2018 05:36 PM
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