On BoCC agenda for July 18, 2023: Questionable settlement in professional accounting negligence case involving failure to detect embezzlement of nearly $800,000 over five years in our St. Johns County Sheriff's office.
Measly $325,000 payment.
Are you kidding me?
No refund of lavish fees we've paid over those five (5) years?
No admission of liability?
No suspension and debarment order -- County could hire CARR, RIGGS & INGRAM AGAIN?
No criminal charges against accounting firm?
With the C.P.A. firm claiming "contributory negligence," what was the role over five (5) years of his office's nearly $800,000 embezzlement of our disgraced former Sheriff DAVID SHOAR, who legally changed his name from "HOAR" in 1994?
No public release of forensic audits?
No airing of Sheriff DAVID SHOAR's dirty laundry, to wit, his negligent and reckless employment of CFO RAYE BRUTNELL, wife of a FDLE manager, who embezzled nearly $800,000 over five (5) years>
Our sixth-rate County government leaves much to be desired.
Our all-Republican St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners needs to be replaced.
They mucked up badly with their maladroit political patronage hiring and rehiring of HUNTER SINCLAIR CONRAD as County Administrator at the behest of devious developers.
We need a national search for a new County Administrator.
We need a forensic audit.
We need a legal audit.
We need outside investigations of the nature, structure and performance of St. Johns County, starting with Growth Management, County Attorney and County Administrator's offices.
As a youth, JFK wrote a book, "Why England Slept," about the British government's maladroit response to Hitler.
In response to overdevelopment, corruption and one-party rule, I invite comparisons.
What do y'all reckon?
Isn't unAmerican, authoritarian, one-party rule funded by the love of corporate money "the root of all evil" in St. Johns County, wrought by Big Money and its craven cat's paws?
Five $81,000+/year Commissioners, with no legislative staff, no systematic oversight, no respect for Open Records and Sunshine?
It's time for thorough government reform. We deserve "a choice, and not an echo," as Barry Goldwater said.
See St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners v. Carr, Riggs & Ingram: