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Former CFO had county months behind paying bills

 Questions about county credit cards arise, audit expected next week 

      According to Pickens County Commissioner Rob Jones, the county’s transitional audit, which is over two weeks behind schedule, should be completed by the end of the Thanksgiving period.
    The audit is being performed following the resignation of county finance officer Mechelle Champion, who left office at the height of controversy surrounding the recent county property tax increase. During public hearings regarding the tax increase, members of the public had pointed questions for Champion regarding the accuracy of her work.
    The county has now hired a new finance officer, Faye Harvey, longtime CFO from Gilmer County. The commissioner has said it is “good business” to perform an audit of the county’s finance office while transitioning from one CFO to another, and a similar audit is now underway in Gilmer, he said.
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