In a 9 am press conference this morning Crime Survivors, Inc. and Orange County crime victims to called upon California Attorney General Jerry Brown to formally investigate Orange County Public Guardian John S. Williams for his effort to raise revenue to solve his officeâ€™s budget deficit problems by pressuring victims to give up control over their personal assets.
Under heat from the Orange County Grand Jury, who recently issued two scathing reports accusing him of incompetence and questionable personnel practices, and Orange County CEO Tom Mauk, who has recommended changing his elected position to an appointed one, Orange County Public Guardian John S. Williams is now under pressure from County Supervisors to fix his officeâ€™s serious budget shortfall problem.Â The Crime Victims believe he is pressuring victims to give up control over their personal assets to help raise revenue to solve his problem. Â Yesterday, the 80,000 member California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations (CCLEA) also asked the AG to get involved.
The Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) has joined CCLEA in calling for an AG investigation.
“This is an office charged with protection of our most vulnerable
citizens,” said OCEA Communications Manager Jennifer Muir. “Before something tragic happens, somebody needs to step in and
pay attention to the serious concerns raised by the Grand Jury, the CEO,
OCEA and now the public.”
Public Administrator/Public Guardian John S. Williams broke his silence Wednesday, accusing then-assistant district attorney Todd Spitzer of forcing himself into one of his officeâ€™s cases by fabricatingÂ a district attorney investigation and acting â€œin an irresponsible and reckless manner to further his own political/personal agenda.â€
And, Williams told Total Buzz, he has the telephone conversation transcript between the one-time high ranking assistant district attorney and a supervising deputy public administrator to prove it.
â€œItâ€™s just condescending for a high level manager to speak to my supervisor like this,â€ Williams said. â€œI just thought it was totally inappropriate.â€
Spitzer, thought to be the heir apparent to the district attorney, was fired last month a day after he began looking into allegations by a friend of the woman that the case was being mishandled by the Public Administrator/Public Guardian Office.
Spitzer called Williamsâ€™ allegations â€œabsolutely preposterous.â€ To prove his point, Spitzer sent over a voice mail from the countyâ€™s bad check program he says proves he was telling the truth when he said he was looking into a possible bad check investigation by the District Attorneyâ€™s Office involving a possible domestic violence victim.
This sweater seems to be unraveling more and more as the loose threads get pulled.