CA public administrator/public guardian focus of audit

County to Launch Audit of Public Administrator
Norberto Santana, Jr.
September 28, 2010
Voice of OC

County officials are launching an audit of Public Administrator/Public Guardian John Williams that will look specifically at how his office liquidates large estates.

The forthcoming audit, requested by County Supervisor Pat Bates, is the latest in a string of investigations into Williams’ office. Meanwhile, Williams has retained influential political lawyer Phil Greer, who was instrumental in helping Williams lobby the fifth floor last year.

Greer said Monday that Williams himself was calling on county Chief Executive Tom Mauk to audit his operations.

“Williams is very comfortable with how the office is run,” said Greer, who at one point represented each of the supervisors. “Everything is above board and transparent. And he welcomes any and all inquiries into the operations of his office.”

Williams’ handling of conservatorships came into focus last month when his office protested publicly that then Assistant District Attorney Todd Spitzer called the office asking questions about a case the office was handling.

Earlier this year, the county internal auditor, Peter Hughes, examined the manner in which Williams was filling out his timesheets and found no evidence of wrongdoing. In 2009, an Orange County grand jury issued two scathing reports on how Williams’ office operates.

Bates was chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors in December when Williams survived a 3-2 vote by the board to move his office back into the county bureaucracy following the grand jury reports. Bates told Williams publicly that he would be on a short leash following the tight vote.

  • Laura Burns

    The Public Administraters office in San Bernardino,Ca,and the Public Council,should be investigated,for conspiring with judge jimmy mcguire,and Public gudian “Evilyn Riker” in THE MATTER OF JAMES KEY BURNS”.There are soooo many witness’ that saw them KIDNAP James from his home in Morongo Valley,Ca.And they want him charged and sentenced.He also took all of James Key Burns Estate,McGuire and Evilyn Riker torued James.The entire community have been so sad.They have alot of records and photos on these murdering Demons,and,whom really do rule an occult-McGuire,Riker and the others that conspired to do this to young little James should be sentenced to death.An investigation should have been done by Jerry Brown as the case was sent to his office.More …