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P-card controversy ‘symbolic’ of county’s oversight
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comTe controversy sur-rounding the county’s pur-chasing card (P-card) usage has exposed some problems in the government, said in-terim DeKalb County CEO
.“I think it exposed from the administrative side [that] for years now, if not a decade, there was not re-ally...oversight over the ad-ministration of the P-card across the board,” May said. “I think there was a lot of trust that was placed in the oversight of it. Tere weren’t annual audits done on every P-card.“Te P-card conversation as a whole…is symbolic of a lot of areas in the county in terms of how we [are] man-aging the day-to-day opera-tions and who is providing the kind of oversight and how [we] are implementing the oversight,” May said in a July 21 interview.
reviewed May’s P-card usage from Jan. 1, 2013, to April 1, 2014. During that time he spent $1,707 on food and $8,676 on travel. Comparatively, Commis-sioner
’s oﬃce spent $8,249 on food during that time and Commissioner
’s of-ﬁce spent $6,431 in travel in 2013 alone.
discovered 23 charges on bank state-ments totaling $2,467.76 that were not on May’s pur-chasing card transaction log.“My administrative staﬀ pulls together the transac-tions logs and actually I was not aware that the two didn’t actually match item by item,” said May, who currently has two active P-cards—one as a commissioner and one as the interim CEO. Te P-card for the District 5 commis-sion seat is only being used currently to pay for an email marketing system at a cost of $49.95 per month.
also found $1,236.98 in charges that were not on the transaction log but were credited back to the card.“If it was a charge that was credited back, [my staﬀ] didn’t include it in the logs,” May said. “Tat was just a practice that they had. Te intention was [to show that] this is actually taxpayers’ money that was spent.”In the future, May said, all cardholders will account for all P-card activity on the logs.“If there’s a transaction on the card, regardless of whether it’s been removed, it
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CLARKSTON MAYOR FACES ETHICS HEARINGTUCKER COMPANY TO OUTFIT FASHIONABLE DOGSGROUP PROTESTS ‘INHUMANE’ EVICTIONS
Newly elected DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann addresses supporters during his victory celebration. Photo by Carla Parker
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org Lauren Ramsdelllauren@dekalbchamp.com
will remain as DeKalb County sheriff.Mann defeated former DeKalb County CEO
with 74.35 percent to 25.65 percent of votes, at press time. Approximately 21,000 voters participated in the runoff. Mann was appointed to the position by former sheriff
, who resigned in February to run for the Fourth Congressional District seat.“I feel so elated,” Mann said at his victory celebration. “I feel so honored that all of these people have come out to support me. It is a blessing and I am truly honored for that.”Mann said he remained optimistic throughout the race. “I’ve had a great support staff, support team, group of volunteers,” he said. I had a record to run on of accomplishments. I’ve always been optimistic that we would prevail. And so we’re here tonight….and we prevailed. I’ve always known that this point was going to come; it was just a matter of when.”he support he received from across the county was “awesome,” said Mann, who was the former chief deputy and a former attorney before succeeding Brown as sheriff. He has been in the sheriff’s office for nearly 14 years.“I’ve been in DeKalb County for 20 years and I’ve worked with commissioners, former commissioners, homas Brown, the current CEO, the former CEO, councilmembers and mayors of the various cities. I’ve garnered the support of 8 of the 10 mayors in DeKalb County. We have a great working relationship with their municipal police departments and so the tremendous out-pouring of support has been heartfelt and I appreciate that,” Mann said.Mann said in running the jail, he will build on its recent accomplishments.“We’ve always been a top notch agency,” Mann said. “We’ve been in the top one percent of sheriff offices in the United States, having obtain and maintain the triple crown distinction, one of 3,800 sheriff’s offices in the United States and we’re going to continue that. We’re going to build upon that. I’ve recently