Somebody call a Waaaahmbulance. Leslie Merritt has taken offense to the CharO's Sept. 8, call for him to simply do his job. From the editorial:
Performing work -- even unpaid work -- for a commercial enterprise while supposedly serving the public full time presents a conflict of interests. The public has a right to expect that Auditor Merritt will work for it and not share his talents with a for-profit commercial enterprise. And Auditor Merritt's office has responsibility for auditing state agencies as well -- including the State Banking Commission, which oversees state banks.
Based on his reply it seems Merritt thinks it's okie dokie to profit from his elected position. He also seems to think that hobnobbing with other directors on an advisory board of a bank is the same as rubbing elbows with us commoners.
Merritt's letter appears in the regular LTE section of today's Observer.
I work day and night to perform my duties as state auditor. That includes ensuring I am in touch with people whose lives are affected by state government.
Volunteering as an unpaid member of a bank's community advisory board in my hometown of Zebulon is one way I remain connected to real people.
Volunteering ONLY after he was called to task by Joe Sinsheimer.
Working day and night? That wouldn't be necessary if he wasn't working all those side jobs trying to profit from his elected position.