KEEP MAKING THE CONNECTION……

Let’s all agree that EVERYTIME WE DISCOVER A GOVERNMENT SCANDAL, WE SHOULD TURN OUR THINKING TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL POSITION.
The recent “alleged”, “supposed”, “suspected” embezzlement of perhaps one million dollars or more from the Finance Department, should evoke this question: COULD IT HAVE HAPPENED IF WE HAD AN ACTIVE, ORGANIZED, PROBING OFFICIAL CALLED THE INSPECTOR GENERAL? IGs prevent crime as well as catch it.
If carried out properly the Inspector General function would have prevented such crimes, for several reasons:
The very existence of such a position will scare off the majority of people comtemplating criminal acts. Let’s face it, the word has been out for decades in Delaware, that there is no one officially assigned to watch state agencies; especially those connected with big bucks, like the Department of Finance. So the fear factor is non-existent throughout our entire system. Those people who may have stolen the money in Dover, know that. We ALL know that no one is actively watching anything.

It is NOT the Auditor’s job to actively seek out practices which could possibly lead to such crimes. The Auditor’s job is to answer the hot line phone, or written letters, and then decide whether or not an accusation should even be investigated. It is also the Auditor’s job to do some audits occastionally, on and off, when and if they have the time and personnel. And of course such audits are pre-announced, and predictable. That kind or predictability gives the bad guys time to cover-up in advance of the audit. And, or course, by the time an Auditor discovers something illegal, (and I like Tom Wagner),
THE CRIME HAS ALREADY BEEN COMMITTED.–TOO LATE!

Over the last two years I have spoken to 8 or 10 of the men and women who hold Inspector General positions in New York, Wisconsin, Louisiana, New Jersey, Washington State, Ohio, California. They have educated me on exactly how crimes, like
the one allegedly committed here in Dover, can be prevented,
This is how it should work…..
1. Position created by Legislature, or by Executive Order:
The Governor,the IG, and the Attorney General hold a joint press conference indicating all the areas to be covered by the IG authority. They announce that the job is to, expose investigate, and present solid cases for prosecution. The Attorney General will prosecute all solid cases presented to him/her. Waste, fraud, embezzlemnts, thefts, and any illegal activities or behavior (even the John Atkins type things) by any State worker, or Lobbyiest, or individuals who do any business with the State, are all under the watchful eyes of the Office of Inspector General. And that includes our court system, corrections department, mental health division, State Police.
In addition, any State employee who knows of any illegalities, and does not report them to the office of Inspector General, can be treated, either as a co-conspirator, and/or accused of obstructing justice.

2. Detailed written policies are directed to every single state
employee about the scope and seriousness of the function of the IG.

3. The appoined IG will make it clear that there will be no predictable routines for conducting his/her supervisory functions…any place, any unannounced time, any day or night, the IG, and/or his staff, can conduct on-site visits and look into any aspect of every fucntion in State government.

4. Of course the anonymous HOT LINE will be in use, and can be used by any State employee and by any citizen of the state.

5. The IGs, which I’ve spoken to, place a lot of emphasis on literally alerting (even scaring) state employees into a mindset that the IG’s office is an active, non-political law enforcement tool, which must be taken very seriously.

So, it appears that common sense would dictate that any person seeking elected office in Delaware, must be in favor to the IG position, because there just isn’t any down side to the position.
YOU, THE VOTING PUPLIC, MUST FORCE ALL CANDIDATES SEEKING OFFICE, TO COMMIT TO SUPPORTING THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL. ESPECIALLY IN THE COMING GOVERNOR’S RACE. Of course, it must apply to both new candidates and INCUMBENTS. Funny thing….as I was doing a quick spell check, for “incumbent”, I noticed the FULL definition of the word. Of courSe, “elected official” was there, but get this;
it also means “lying or resting on something”…and “imposed as an obligation”. So, by extension incumbents are “those people who tell us it is our obligation to have them lying and resting”.
I know some of them who fit that definition to a T.

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