But Cisco isn't off the hook either.
The deal was done through a questionable secondary bid process that the audit claims was illegal. Additionally, the audit found Cisco showed a "wanton indifference to the interests of the public" by up-selling the state."
My guess is that Chambers will want to do right by West Virginia.
Cisco could start by taking back the routers that are still in boxes and sending a refund. The company could also provide the equipment necessary so the routers will work in all the State Police barracks.
Then Chambers can help the Tomblin administration get to the bottom of exactly how this deal came down. If that person is still working for the state, he or she should be fired.
In the meantime, Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants should read the audit and see if it piques his interest.
John Chambers is a remarkable businessman. He's taken Cisco's annual revenues from $1 billion to $40 billion during his 18 years as CEO. Chambers is a distinguished member of the WVU Business Hall of Fame.
He knows a bad deal when he sees one, so it won't take long to identify this turkey and begin making it right.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.