Auditor presents district attorney his audit findings regarding Croy

Grady County Auditor Perry Henry met with District Attorney Joe Mulholland Tuesday afternoon to present to the DA the findings of an internal audit that resulted in last week’s resignation of Grady County Clerk Carrie Croy.
“We had a very productive meeting that lasted approximately an hour and a half. I was provided a plethora of information from the county’s auditor and I plan to review the extensive information he has provided,” Mulholland said Tuesday.
The district attorney said it was his plan to make a determination Friday of what steps to take next in the matter.
“Without having looked at it yet it would be premature to decide what I am going to do. This will definitely be on the top of my things to do this week,” he added.
In any previous alleged incidents of misconduct or potential criminal activity, the board of commissioners has called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and turned over any evidence to GBI agents to follow up on.
When asked Tuesday about the process, Mulholland acknowledged the board could have called in the GBI. The county administrator said Tuesday the board had been advised to submit its audit findings to the district attorney.
“As far as the county is concerned we are done and moving forward. We’ve turned everything over to the district attorney and now its up to him what happens next,” said Grady County administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III.
Mulholland said Tuesday he had not had any discussions regarding the audit involving Croy with any county officials other than with the auditor.
Croy resigned, effective immediately, last Tuesday after being confronted with the findings of Henry’s internal audit.
Based on those findings, the former county clerk manipulated the county’s payroll and finance software in order to “increase the net value of her personal paychecks.”
Croy’s alleged manipulations of her own paycheck cost the taxpayers approximately $5,000, according to Johnson.
The auditor found additional evidence that has not been released publicly but was presented to the district attorney.
Croy was placed on administrative leave with pay on Oct. 3 by the county administrator pending the completion of the auditor’s review.
Croy had served as the Grady County clerk since July 2008. She began her career in public service in January 2002 when she was hired as the county’s human resources manager and records manager. In addition to serving as clerk, Croy served as the human resources manager and oversaw the retention of public records.

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