When the former Finance Director, Leslie Lewis was sinking fast in quick sand during the last budget session, it was Michelle Ennis who was called in multiple times to save her. We provided the actual video footage from PAC 14 weeks ago proving this to be a fact.
All of a sudden, after she was terminated, Council President John Cannon took the word of this disgruntled employee as she claimed she had never seen the so called document the forensic auditor claimed was 'possible' fraud. After little research, evidence came to light that Leslie had, in fact, seen the document and agreed to the HR Director getting a raise.
So when the rest of your local media continue to IMPLY there's still something there, (fraud-wise) when in FACT there is NOTHING, it is extremely irresponsible of them to continue this witch hunt. Typical of the local media's bias against ANY Republican representative, the fact that they no longer have the funds to afford an investigative reporter(s), they simply run with the LIES they are being fed and come back saying, we didn't lie, someone else did.
So here's more TRUTH.
Did you know HR Director Michelle Ennis has been with the County for almost 15 years? That's a fact. Did you know she has TWO Masters Degrees? OK, aside from the fact that she's more than qualified to hold the position she is now in, did you know that when the recommendation came in for a pay increase for her position, it was suggested she receive a 12% pay increase to be in parity with other counties for this position? Did you also know that Executive Culver only gave her an 8% pay increase instead?
OK, now that some of the FACTS are out there, here's the BIG one. Did you know that even after being with the County for 15 years, Ennis is still being paid LESS than the MAN who held this same position before her? How ridiculous is that?!
So the mere fact, (once again) that Council President John Cannon agreed to this BS forensic audit to try to discredit both Ennis and County Executive Bob Culver, it only proves further, this was a witch hunt.
WBOC, WMDT and the Daily Times know for a FACT that whenever someone threatens legal representation, it is against not only a state law but federal laws as well for the Executive to speak ANYTHING referencing personnel matters. Shame on the local media for attempting to continue to imply this "fraud" investigation ceased simply because the Executive refused to discuss details and they couldn't go any further. NO, it was dropped because Cannon had egg in his face because the TRUTH smacked him and the rest of the Council in the face and they're embarrassed.
On a final note, Cannon had been warned well in advance that he needed to DROP this matter because, (as proven in the last council meeting) he was defaming Ennis and was putting the County TAXPAYERS (and local media) on very thin ice for a potential lawsuit and he went ahead and overwhelmingly defamed her to no end this week. It can easily be proven that they know better and published defaming information anyway.
So guess what Folks, this is far from over...