Report I2011-1 Recommendation 9 Responses

Report I2011-1: Investigations of Improper Activities by State Agencies and Employees: Waste of State Funds, Misuse of State Resources, Falsification of Records, Inexcusable Neglect of Duty, Failure to Monitor Time Reporting, and Other Violations of State Law (Release Date: August 2011)

Case Number I2009-0644

Recommendation #9 To: Mental Health, Department of

If Mental Health determines that the senior official's position can provide a benefit to the State, clarify the job duties associated with the position and increase oversight of the position's activities to ensure that the State receives material benefits from the activities.

Agency Response From June 2011

In June 2011 Mental Health reported that it reevaluated the necessity of the senior official's position and concluded that the position was unnecessary. Mental Health stated that although a former administration created the position for desirable purposes, it determined that these functions were no longer essential and should not be maintained given current fiscal constraints. The senior official resigned from state service in May 2011, and Mental Health eliminated his position.

Mental Health agreed that the senior official's state employment overlapped with his volunteer service as a reserve deputy sheriff, his status as a special advisor to a county sheriff, and his role as the CEO of a nonprofit organization that supports law enforcement activities. Moreover, Mental Health agreed that the official attended various police and entertainment events, some of which likely were unrelated to his state duties.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented

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