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O.C. assessor's office cleared in mismanagement probe

May 15, 2010 |  6:00 am

A probe by the Orange County district attorney’s office into allegations of waste and mismanagement in the county assessor’s office found no criminal wrongdoing, according to a report released Friday.

A separate report prepared for the county Board of Supervisors found the accusations mostly unfounded.

The allegations were raised in March by the head of the county’s largest employees union.

At a Board of Supervisors meeting, Nick Berardino, general manager of the Orange County Employees Assn., played a video in which employees whose faces were blacked out and voices were obscured accused Assessor Webster Guillory of failing to collect millions in taxes from large corporations and wasting taxpayer money on a new computer system that doesn’t work.

In its report, the district attorney’s office said its inquiry generated no evidence that warranted or justified further action by the agency.

A separate report on the computer system, which was issued by the county executive office found “no ‘fatal flaws’ of consequence, nor any other serious issues” in the system.

The report did, however, suggested that the assessor take steps to better communicate with his staff.

-- Paloma Esquivel in Orange County