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Board slams Grand Jury

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Rejects report on CAO, cites ‘unprofessional’ behavior on part of jurors

The Madera County Board of Supervisors has made its position about the county’s Grand Jury clear: something isn’t right with the 19-member public-watchdog panel.

“It is the Board’s opinion that the opinions expressed by the Grand Jury are recklessly presented as fact, which opens up the potential for a claim of slander or libel against the Grand Jury,” reads the formal official board response to the findings and recommendations portions of a Grand Jury report filed in May on the county administration and on its chief administration officer, Eric Fleming.

In that report, the Grand Jury criticized what was alleged to be poor communication among several county officials including the board, Fleming, appointed Auditor-Controller Marcia Hall and Treasurer-Tax Collector Tracy Kennedy as the main factor behind a long delay in the county’s state-required 2011 Single Audit.

At a Feb. 26 Board of Supervisors meeting, an outside auditing firm — Hemming Morse, LLP — was hired by the board to examine internal controls within the county’s financial offices after Fleming and Hall raised concerns about the operation of Kennedy’s office...


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