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O.C. supervisors demand changes in planning department

August 4, 2009 |  2:51 pm

In the wake of the latest critical audit of the Orange County Planning and Development Services Department, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted this morning to create a task force to monitor improvements to the beleaguered agency.

A 117-page county audit released in July said the department was in “critical condition” -- employees had not been performing required safety and environmental inspections, morale was down and customer service nearly nonexistent.

Audit director Steve Danley said “ongoing neglect” had contributed to these problems and major changes were required at all levels of the department.

“We can no longer allow these issues to continue,” Board Chairwoman Patricia Bates said. She said that nothing -- including closing down the department -- was off the table.

This was the fifth major review of the department. The board will begin receiving regular monthly reports of the department’s progress in September.

-- Tami Abdollah in Orange County