Peggy Katona points the finger squarely at the Lake County Auditor’s office in 2011 . . .when she was the Auditor
October 26, 2018-If you are sometimes confused by the switching of offices by Lake County elected officials, you can take solace in the fact that Lake County Treasurer Peggy Katona can’t seem to keep her positions straight either. Katona, the current treasurer, was Lake County Auditor from 2007 until January 1, 2015. As is customary in Lake County, elected officials skirt constitutional term limits by simply switching offices with other elected officials so Katona became Treasurer (again) in 2015. After receiving a recent scathing audit report from the State Board of Accounts, Katona put the blame squarely on a change made in the Auditor’s office in 2011. As you can see below, Katona was the Lake County Auditor during the time of the 2011 Audit:
Lake County Treasurer Peggy Katona has pointed to a decision which was made by Lake County Auditor Peggy Katona in 2011 as the source of all the audit troubles in Lake County. A corrective action plan resulting from a State Audit generally results in an acknowledgement of the error or a statement as to why the auditor is incorrect. In the case of Katona’s response, above, you can see that she neither acknowledges the error nor disputes the finding. Instead she says that she will e-mail the Lake County Auditor to explain how the staff in that office should perform their duties. This letter was dated September 11, 2018 and, according to sources, no such e-mail has been received as of October 26.
Perhaps next time an elected official comes up against term limits voters should ask whether there is another, more qualified, candidate rather than shuffle around the same names.