Unanimously Approved Audit Plan Has Major Flaws
Comprehensive performance plan carelessly tossed aside
Milwaukee – Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander presented a plan Thursday calling for a performance audit of the County Board and County Executive departments, but critics bashed and abandoned it before debate even began.
Alexander has been making waves for speaking out about government reform and had requested a 3rd party audit of the County Board. While the Board surprised onlookers by agreeing to debate the topic, Supervisors Lipscomb and Cullen quickly distributed their own plan, with no prior notice to Alexander or other Supervisors.
Alexander, who has experience in governmental auditing, was shocked that her plan was not even discussed. “I worked hand-in-hand with corporate counsel to ensure that the audit would provide a detailed look at performance efficiency and effectiveness without any embedded conflicts of interest,” Alexander said. “Unfortunately, the Board tossed aside a well-defined plan in favor of something with no details—no objective or scope,” she continued.
“The Lipscomb-Cullen plan has another major flaw: it puts power directly in the hands of the head of the department being audited,” said Alexander. “Now the County Board Chairwoman gets to pick the auditor and what the audit will cover.”
The board voted against Alexander’s attempts to amend the opposition’s audit plan, and verbal insults against her ensued. But Alexander thought it better to accept the supplemented plan, than to have no opportunity for an audit at all.
“At the end of the day, we needed this discussion to continue, and that’s why I gave it my support,” said Alexander. “Now the key is ensuring that the Chairwoman, who has grabbed the reigns of this project, gives auditors unbiased direction so that the public can truly see what is going on.”
“The people of Milwaukee County made great strides today because the entire County Board is finally discussing government reform, but the people must not retreat; the battle is not yet won,” she said.
Press Releases Referencing Deanna Alexander
Mar 24th, 2016 by Deanna Alexander
“I'll be voting to re-elect Deanna Alexander - I hope I can count on you to join me,” said Sheriff David Clarke.
Mar 17th, 2016 by Deanna Alexander
Board Chairman Changing the Law to Circumvent Judge’s Ruling
Mar 2nd, 2016 by Deanna Alexander
Traditionally, the first vote of the board’s organizational meeting at the beginning of the new term is to elect leadership for the board.
Jan 13th, 2016 by Deanna Alexander
The MCEC partially affirmed Alexander’s case, recognizing that the other candidate submitted signatures from people that did not reside in the district or who provided fictitious, non-existent addresses.
Jan 8th, 2016 by Deanna Alexander
“I am honored and humbled by this vote of confidence from the MPA and grateful for this endorsement from our public servants in law enforcement”
Jan 6th, 2016 by Deanna Alexander
Alexander filed 329 signatures to the Election Commission on Tuesday afternoon, 60% more than the 200 signatures needed.