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Re: “Over Their Own Staff’s Objection, Wake Commissioners Move Forward With a $23 Million Park

This might have been a close call amid Wake's many needs, but Commissioners Calabria, Burns, Portman, and Hutchinson surely made the right long-term decision.

Ask yourself this: Which large urban metro area anywhere has *too much* park land?

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 11/14/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Russ Stephenson and Nicole Stewart for the Raleigh City Council At-Large Seat

Mr. Stephenson is a nice enough guy and apparently a good architect, but IMO has been wholly unimpressive throughout his overlong tenure on Raleigh's City Council. Quick, try to think of a major accomplishment of his... In any case, 12 years is more than long enough for anyone to serve effectively in a policy-making position.

The Council needs new, more diverse blood. Miller and Stewart would be great additions with different perspectives from each other and from the rest of the City Council. That's who I'm voting for at-large, and I encourage others too as well.

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 09/20/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Wake Commissioners Are Angry About the Register of Deeds Mess, But They Don’t Want to Point Fingers

At least one Wake County Commissioner, Jessica Holmes, did point fingers, it seems.

"For me, not getting around to any particular department for 13 years is unacceptable," Commissioner Holmes told the County staff at Monday's meeting, The N&O reported.

Ms. Holmes is right, as most people following and commenting on the case apparently agree.

(Of course, that doesn't excuse anyone who stole public money, for which there's no defense. But the embezzlement could have -- and should have -- been prevented.)

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 09/20/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Wake Commissioners Are Angry About the Register of Deeds Mess, But They Don’t Want to Point Fingers

Whatever the reasons/excuses, Wake County officials failed in their clear duty to audit the Register of Deeds office, which handles a great deal of money.

A longstanding state law, NCGS 159-32, which applies to the County finance director, requires that every County office that collects any money "shall be audited at least annually." That's *shall*, not may or should.

As the County's own outside auditor said in a report to the County this month:

"It is the responsibility of the County to establish internal controls over the revenue recorded within the systems and cash collected by the ROD. It is also the County's responsibility to monitor internal controls established over these areas to provide reasonable assurance that revenue is being accurately recorded and that all cash generated by ROD activities is being properly deposited to the County's bank accounts."

Of course all those who stole money should be prosecuted. But human nature being what it is, frequent audits are necessary to help keep fallible people from succumbing to easy temptation. Wake County's new policy of auditing its departments randomly without notice acknowledges belatedly this universal reality.

Thank you IndyWeek for covering this important story better than anyone else. Please keep it up.

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 09/20/2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “External Auditors Cite Neglect, Collusion, and Management Overrides as Possible Culprits in the Wake County Register of Deeds Scandal

From Wake County's outside auditor, on the County's chronic failure to audit the ROD:

"It is the responsibility of the County to establish internal controls over the revenue recorded within the Systems and cash collected by the ROD. It is also the County's responsibility to monitor internal controls established over these areas to provide reasonable assurance that revenue is being accurately recorded and that all cash generated by ROD activities is being properly deposited to the County's bank accounts."

This doesn't excuse anyone from stealing public money, of course. But it's plainly damning.

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 09/06/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “For Nine Straight Years, Six Figures Went Missing from the Wake County Register of Deeds Office

From Wake County's outside auditor, on the County's chronic failure to audit the ROD:

"It is the responsibility of the County to establish internal controls over the revenue recorded within the Systems and cash collected by the ROD. It is also the County's responsibility to monitor internal controls established over these areas to provide reasonable assurance that revenue is being accurately recorded and that all cash generated by ROD activities is being properly deposited to the County's bank accounts."

This doesn't excuse anyone from stealing public money, of course. But it's plainly damning.

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 09/06/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “External Auditors Confirm $2.3M Missing at Wake Register of Deeds Office, Cite Neglectful Management

The key finding by Wake County's outside auditor, released over a holiday weekend:

"It is the responsibility of the County to establish internal controls over the revenue recorded within the systems and cash collected by the ROD. It is also the County's responsibility to monitor internal controls established over these areas to provide reasonable assurance that revenue is being accurately recorded and that all cash generated by ROD activities is being properly deposited to the County's bank accounts."

So who had that responsibility since 2008? Please tell us, IndyWeek. Or NandO. Or WRAL. Or...

(This does not excuse or defend anyone who stole public money. But it's importantly relevant.)

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 09/02/2017 at 10:41 AM

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