Letter: Real financial harm

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 01:37 PM

To the editor:

Christa Harris Reavis was criminally charged with stealing more than $300,000 from Vance County taxpayers over a seven-year period (“Former worker faces 32 charges,” Aug. 9).

Reavis reported to the finance director, who reports to the county manager, who reports to the county commissioners, who appointed an audit committee some years ago to oversee county financial matters and who pay thousands of dollars to a CPA firm each year for financial audits.

Since 2007, several finance directors have been directly responsible for the job performance of Reavis. They did not do their job and still got paid handsomely.

Since 2007, the county manager has been directly responsible for the job performance of the finance directors and Reavis. He did not do his job and still got paid handsomely.

Since 2007, county commissioners have been directly responsible for the performance of the finance director, county manager and Reavis. They did not do their job and still got paid.

Heaven knows, these people have not always done what’s best for Vance County. But getting paid for a job and not doing it is serious. It’s called stealing. Since 2007, these people have been paid millions of dollars. The financial harm they have done to taxpayers is much larger than that allegedly done by Reavis.

In this case, they failed to perform their most important duty — being responsible stewards of our money. They either did not know what was happening right under their noses, failed to report it, covered it up or were part of the crime.

In any event, they should do what is honorable and right by the taxpayers. They should resign, pay back their salary and benefits for the last seven years or surrender themselves to law enforcement. Any two of the above will suffice.

Rusty McMahon

Kittrell