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​Board Chair Expands Public Health Review To Include Audit Review Committee


sCARBOROUGHMecklenburg Board of County Commissioners Chair Ella B. Scarborough announced today that the review of the County’s Public Health Department is being expanded to include the Board’s Audit Review Committee.

Scarborough made the announcement Friday to ensure the Board maintained an organized flow of information to commissioners and the public.

Delays in reporting Pap test results to patients have led to several agencies reviewing Public Health. Mecklenburg County Internal Audit, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, the County Manager’s Office and an outside consultant that’s being identified are looking at Public Health’s processes and will make recommendations to improve them.

Scarborough asked James to actively partner with the County Manager and her staff in the ongoing investigation and subsequent planning for potential process and policy changes. She further asked that his committee meet with the County Manager to review what happened, discuss any organizational changes that will be made or are forthcoming, review the scope of any third-party consultants hired, and to receive real-time updates from staff and outside parties.

“I think this is a good role for the Audit Review Committee, and consistent with other situations like this in the past,” said Committee Chairman Bill James. “The committee can organize the information and the recommendations.”

“The Board has full confidence in the County Manager and the staff to right the ship,” said Scarborough. “Since multiple investigations are occurring, it will be very helpful to sort it out at the committee level.”

County Manager Dena R. Diorio says she believes the committee’s work will help the County achieve its goals more quickly.

“I want Public Health to have the right processes and oversight in place to make sure the health and
well-being of our patients is maintained at the highest level,” said Diorio. “I also want to restore trust in
Public Health and I believe both can occur sooner if staff and the committee work collectively on these issues.”

In addition to Chairman James, committee members include commissioners Pat Cotham, Matthew Ridenhour, and George Dunlap, as well as Public Member Alex Vuchnich.