OC Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery died at his home in Kansas last week, not Orange County, his office’s spokeswoman confirmed Friday, according to the Voice of OC.
Apparently Eric and his wife Lisa decided to move their family to the state he grew up in, as she wrote about in her personal blog.
Eric got a CPA license in Kansas and started a business. But he did not tell the voters! His plan apparently was to split time between Kansas and Orange County. He referred to his home in Kansas as a vacation home.
Woolery must have surely been frustrated as the O.C. Board of Supervisors took steps to neuter his office:
- In January 2018, the county’s former director of internal audit filed a lawsuit alleging Woolery misused taxpayer money by having a government employee drive his young children to and from school and other activities during work hours and babysit them at the office. Woolery declined to dispute the lawsuit’s claims at the time, while calling the lawsuit “a media stunt” to “bilk the taxpayer into a settlement.”
- And in June 2018, county supervisors moved to take control of many of Woolery’s powers, including transferring the county’s internal auditors who are watchdogs against fraud and waste.
- The supervisors also moved forward with efforts to take over 287 accounting and financial control staff positions from Woolery’s office, and cut $1 million from Woolery’s budget.
His frustration aside Woolery did not have a right to serve on a part-time basis in an elected office in Orange County. The only reason we know about his subterfuge is that he died. I am sorry for his family’s loss but not happy about what Woolery did. His actions undermined his legacy.