Lawmakers have delayed the reappointment of California’s longtime chief watchdog, State Auditor Elaine Howle, amid a review prompted by an anonymous letter that raised sharp questions about her management of the department.
The letter went to key lawmakers last August just before a legislative committee was expected to consider her reappointment to a fifth term for a post she has held since 2000.
The letter accuses Howle of permitting the kind of misconduct that she regularly highlights in other state departments.
“I’ve never seen the office in such a mess,” wrote the anonymous author, who was identified as an auditor who had worked there for “a lot of years.”
Lawmakers have taken the report seriously even though it came from an unidentified source.
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