Jennifer Muir working the County Government Beat at the OC Register has this story regarding the ongoing difficulties with the Public Administrator/Guardian for Orange County.
The countyâ€™s top executive wants to seize oversight of the public guardianâ€™s office, essentially reducing the authority of the countyâ€™s elected Public Administrator John Williams (pictured left).Mauk wants supervisors to repeal that ordinance, returning the Public Guardian job to an appointed positionâ€“ a position that reports to him.
The recommendation comes months after a grand jury issued two scathing reports about Williams and the public administrator/public guardian office.They accuse Williams of doubling his management budget, breaking personnel rules and squandering a trusteeâ€™s estate. (You can read about those reportsÂ here and here).
Williams has refuted the findings, saying the grand jury just didnâ€™t understand some of the complicated information he handed over and that their reports contain factual errors.
The county concedes that Williams has corrected or explained many of the grand jury allegations, but still contends â€œthere is more to be done,â€ according to a staff report from CEO Tom Maukâ€™s office.
The PA/PG offices face budget challenges and have missed deadlines during an information technology replacement project, the report says. Mauk wants more control to provide â€œbetter oversight and increased assurance of timely success.â€
Read Jennifer’s complete story here: County CEO: Reduce authority of elected official.