UPDATE: District Attorney Tony Rackauckas Monday quashed the release of a politically explosive letter sent to the Orange County Board of Supervisors by an attorney representing Deputy CEO Alisa Drakodaidis, who abruptly went on a medical leave in the wake of sex crimes charges against former county Public Works executive Carlos Bustamante, according to the Voice of OC.
“Indications are that Orange County Deputy CEO Alisa Drakodaidis is the latest high-level official heading out the door in the wake of the Carlos Bustamante sex crimes scandal,” according to the Voice of OC.
The bad news for the County of Orange? Drakadaidis is talking. She left behind an allegedly blistering letter that fingers members of the Board of Supervisors “for interfering with hiring and contracts as well as conducting questionable campaign finance practices.”
The Voice of OC also reported that “Drakodaidis has been on the hot seat since supervisors reviewed a controversial audit of the Human Resources Department last year that found top executives were giving themselves questionable raises. Drakodaidis had her salary cut by 13 percent following the audit, and sources said supervisors had been questioning her performance ever since.”
Drakodaidis “joined the County in 2004 as the Chief Deputy Director of the Social Services Agency. She also held various positions with the County of Los Angeles for nearly fifteen years including serving as an Assistant Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Officer for the Probation Department responsible for Planning and Development and Administrative Services,” according to a County of Orange newsletter.
Her letter has not been released yet, but the Voice of OC is pressing the County CEO, Tom Mauk, to release it.
Supposedly Drakadiadis also went after Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, alleging that he went after former County of Orange middle manager Carlos Bustamante because he “is angry at CEO Tom Mauk over the removal of Public Adminstrator John Williams in the wake of the 2010 scandal that erupted after Rackauckas fired Deputy District Attorney Todd Spitzer.”
Drakadiadis also allegedly went after “County Supervisor Pat Bates for placing one of her aides, Brian Probolsky (also a board member of the Moulton Niguel Water District) in a position inside the Orange County Community Resources Department.
So far Bustamante’s former boss, Jess Carbajal, has been fired and former Orange County HR director Carl Crown has retired. Now Drakadiadis is out too. Who knew that Bustamante’s arrest for various felony sex crimes and public theft could lead to the outing of God only knows how much corruption at the County of Orange?
If Bustamante himself starts singing, perhaps in return for a plea bargain, a lot of Orange County managers, including Mauk and his deputy, Rob Richardson (who also serves on the SAUSD School Board) could go down in flames.