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Clerk treated unfairly

I worked with Cathy Wilcox-Barnes many years ago and know her to be a person of intelligence, kindness, integrity, and generally outstanding character. Certainly every office can benefit from an audit and suggestions for improvement. The problem is the ambush manner in which the audit of Wilcox-Barnes’ office was implemented.

The city manager should have given Wilcox-Barnes advance notice of the audit as well as the reason he felt it was needed. He also should have invited Wilcox-Barnes to assist in the audit by being available to auditors to answer questions and guide them through the procedures she uses. In my experience, an audit that does not involve those being audited often misses important points of procedure and comes to wrong conclusions because the auditors lack complete information.

An audit that involved Cathy would not only produce more accurate results, but might also have prevented hard feelings on both sides and unwarranted damage to Cathy’s well-deserved reputation as a faithful servant of Nevada City.



Chuck Petch

Grass Valley


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