In response to May 8 letter concerning the Madera County auditor-controller election race: I and many others have the highest respect for the author, Mr. Boyajian. The entire county owes him thanks for his professional service, amazing depth of knowledge and dedication. He has saved the day more than most will ever know. I must, however, take exception to his reasoning for his choice for auditor-controller.
Yes, I agree it will take Mr. Miller a few months to learn the ropes, but I believe it to be well worth this learning curve. The issue I see is one of management. I have observed Ms. Hall’s inept and less-than-professional management abilities. She has not kept her word to the Board of Supervisors on audit submission dates. She does not have the ability to cooperate and work with many department heads. She tries to be hands-on by doing detail work, which her staff can or were doing well.
I have seen numerous, unprofessional communications from Ms. Hall. She has attempted to pass the blame for her late audits to other departments and other people. She has not been an independent representative of the people, but bows to the every wish of the CAO. Works long hours to get the job done? Not during tax time.
Her failure to file state and federal audits on time has cost the taxpayers millions in lost or delayed funds. Agencies may not file grant applications if the audits required have not been filled. Streamlined processes? She started by making it very difficult and time consuming to make small dollar purchases in the departments.
My observations of Mr. Miller are that he has the ability to work with all departments and get the job done professionally. He will not be bullied by outside forces or politicians who ask to get their pay early because they want to go on vacation.
I am ready for a new auditor who can get the job done. I highly recommend Todd Miller.
Daniel P. Hatcher,