A government official working for S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s scandal-ravaged Department of Revenue (SCDOR) has been using taxpayer time and resources to organize an oceanfront getaway for state and local bureaucrats.
Adriane Shealy, who is currently serving as treasurer of the S.C. Association of Assessing Officials (SCAAO), lists her state government phone, fax and email on materials promoting this bureaucratic vacation – one of many being enjoyed this spring by the governor’s cabinet agencies.
In her capacity with SCAAO, Shealy is responsible for organizing the group’s annual spring conference event at the Beach Cove Resort in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
FITS reached out to Jacky Hunter, the current head of the SCAAO to see what he thought about taxpayer fund being used to promote the conference.
“I don’t know anything to say except that’s the way it’s always been done,” Hunter told us, adding that “all of us are government employees.”
Because there’s nothing like “the way it’s always been done” in South Carolina, is there?
“These conferences are like ‘Animal House’ on steroids,” one attendee told FITS, adding it was a “huge waste of county funds for their offices to attend these glorified frat parties.”
And before you say that a bunch of tax assessors don’t know how to party, consider the case of the most recent former SCAAO president, Fairfield County assessor Wendell Irby. Six months ago, he was popped in Richland County, S.C. for soliciting a prostitute.
Anyway, we know Haley’s SCDOR is busy with important stuff (you know, as opposed to safeguarding the integrity of our confidential tax documents) but we would like to remind the governor and her cabinet that they work for the taxpayers – not bureaucratic associations which serve no purpose other than to provide government-subsidized getaways for misbehaving bureaucrats.
As we’ve said repeatedly in covering stories like this one, if government employees want a vacation they should pay for one like the rest of us … Lord knows we’re paying them enough money.