(Speaking of the controller's office)
The County's Home Rule Charter established the Controller's office as the internal audit function of the county in 1978. The Controller is elected and is independent of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. The Controllers Office conducts financial and performance audits of agencies receiving, disbursing or authorizing the disbursement of County funds, as well as the records of contracted service providers.
Okay, that established, why isn't Eckart Seamans cooperating with the Controllers office? It appears as if they are giving him the run-around hoping that he will forget about it...but that isn't possible because We The People will not allow him to forget.
And this is where we begin to run out of patience...if County Executive John Stoffa has done absolutely nothing wrong, then why isn't he mandating publicly that Eckart Seamans cooperate fully with the Controller?
After all, Mr Stoffa hired the firm that boast "At Eckert Seamans, we consider ourselves to be part of our clients' teams and help answer the daily challenges confronting them".
The executive should without hesitation, point them directly to the controller and say - be the team player that we hired you to be and provide our controller all documents he request...end of story!
To do less than that presents an atmosphere of possible corruption and/or wrong doing. Consider that if the Controller discovers and establishes that all the records jive, then he can announce there is no wrong doing, present the evidence of his findings - case closed.
So why is Mr. Stoffa allowing it to appear that someone is trying to hide something? Really, think about it - why else would anyone not cooperate? Unless of course, he actually does have something to hide. HMMM.