GREG WILLIAMS RESIGNS AS CHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR THE SAME DAY THE FORENSIC AUDIT IS RELEASED

February 10, 2017

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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

http://www.covnews.com/section/13/article/202759/

Housing Authority Audit Reveals Questionable Costs http://www.covnews.com/section/13/article/202776/

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4 Responses to GREG WILLIAMS RESIGNS AS CHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR THE SAME DAY THE FORENSIC AUDIT IS RELEASED

  1. Asleep at the Wheel says:

    Greg Williams has never held a job he did not sleep through, starting with Rockdale County. Allowing anyone to use the signature stamp with no oversight should be criminal when it results in theft of taxpayer’s money.

  2. Cowards Deserve Their Just Desserts says:

    What is with Jasper County incessantly hiring such bad actors in local government which destroy public trust and cost taxpayer untold amounts of money? How many rogues over the past several decades has the county fired for either embezzlement or some other scope of malfeasance just because the elected leadership was too damn sorry to do their job? The sorry dereliction of duty by elected officials not only reflects poorly on the quality of county leadership, but the character of the voters who elect these so-called leaders as well. After all leadership is a mere mirror image of the voting public.

    I know many people who choose to not to get involved, citing the lame self-defeating prophecy of ‘ain’t nothing we can do about it. ”

    Well, of course, if you choose not speak out against the corrupt system of county government, which is controlled by a handful of self-serving “Smart Growth Forward “ scammers, then it is your personal choice that there is “nothing” you can do about it.
    And, by the choice of complacency, you deserve everything you’re going to get. All the debt and corruption you ask for, and more.

    “Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,…Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.”
    ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

  3. Look what can happen says:

    This is the trouble with signature stamps and auto pen. I wish our commissioners had never approved the auto pen, one of Ms. Degges’ ideas.

    Yes, it does take a lot of time for commissioners to sign checks, but it will give them a chance to at least look at the invoices before signing. They won’t be able to blame anyone else if they sign a check for something that was not approved in public.

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