February 10, 2017
According to two separate articles in the Covington News, it appears that Greg Williams, Executive Director of the CHA, will resign with no retribution even though “The Housing Authority of the City of Covington is looking at a total of $61,901.20 in “questionable costs” between the dates of January 2013 and September 2016 after an investigation into the authority’s financial department was initiated due to suspected employee theft, according to an independent forensic audit report from Yeager & Boyd (Y&B), an account firm out of Birmingham, Alabama.”
In fact the Covington Housing Authority board is allowing Greg Williams to stay on 30 days to help in the transition. The Chair of the CHA and Williams say “there are no hard feelings.” Wow, folks, really??!! There are plenty of hard feelings on the part of the taxpayers that have been bilked out of $61,901.20.
“This [the theft] was made possible by authorizing a person to possess the executive director’s signature stamp and to have the ability to sign checks,” according to the report.” Also, the controls to obligate the Housing Authority were not monitored appropriately.” Obviously Greg Williams allowed someone to sign checks and he never reviewed them.
While he was County Manager in Jasper County, Greg Williams allowed the county to overspend the budget by almost $2,000,000 in 2008 putting the county in a huge financial bind in 2009 and 2010. Oversight has not been his strong suit.
If you want to read articles in their entirety click the links below.
Covington Housing Authority Director Resigns
|Housing Authority Audit Reveals Questionable Costs http://www.covnews.com/section/13/article/202776/|
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