Larry Bisig http://wfpl.org en Jefferson County Clerk's spokesman: Audit a 'Bit Mean-Spirited, and Possibly Politically Motivated' http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-clerks-spokesman-audit-bit-mean-spirited-and-possibly-politically-motivated <p>Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw is citing a letter from the county attorney that found no wrongdoing by her office in the wake of a scolding state audit two months ago.</p><p>Earlier this year, State Auditor Adam Edelen's<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/state-audit-finds-poor-documentation-troubling-practices-jefferson-county-clerk-s-office">&nbsp;office released a report that found poor record-keeping of charitable funds</a> for groups such as the WHAS Crusade for Children and Metro United Way. It also cited other questionable practices that were against state law, such as Holsclaw paying out $99,200 in Christmas bonuses to employees last year and as well as shortchanging the Crusade by $1,300.</p><p>But an Oct. 31 letter from the Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell says his office found no need for action and defended the clerk’s activities.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/read-jefferson-county-responds-auditors-critical-review-clerks-office">(Read O'Connell's letter and Edelen's response.)</a></p><p>Holsclaw has personally hired public relations professional Larry Bisig as her spokesman. He says the clerk has been a model of good government and was cleared of any wrongdoing and suggested that Edelen’s report is motivated by politics.</p><p>"In some ways I have to indicate the audit seems a bit mean-spirited, and possibly politically motivated in some areas," Bisig said.</p><p>"This is not political warfare. The governor’s race doesn’t start for 36 months. And I certainly hope that’s not the intention of the auditor."</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 20:48:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2798 at http://wfpl.org Jefferson County Clerk's spokesman: Audit a 'Bit Mean-Spirited, and Possibly Politically Motivated'