- Compensable Time ($68,399.42)
- Overtime ($95,875.84)
- Paid Time Off ($6,633.90)
The SBOA analyzed the hours Mizen reported working over the period from 2005-10. Not surprisingly, it found that the number of days he reported working more than a regular work day increased from 44 days in 2005 to 107 days in 2010. In some cases, Mizen reported working as much as 22 hours in a single day. At the same time, the State Board of Accounts found that several items that fell within his responsibility were either not performed or were incomplete. For example, the report says he didn't complete accurate bank reconciliations, he didn't maintain a Court Cash Book of Receipts and Disbursements, and he had failed to disburse some court fees to the state, county and township as required by law. The report found there were no internal controls over Mizen's time sheets. He didn't sign them, and the Trustee didn't review, approve or sign them. Nobody was approving Mizen's overtime pay in advance as required by the township's policy. More importantly, the report found that Mizen was not paid in accordance with his contract or township policy.
The SBOA gave former Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer the opportunity to respond to the report. I found one comment in Drummer's letter particularly laughable. "Generally, I applaud the SBOA for working for working around the state to reduce the rampant nepotism and selfdealing that occurs in some local governments," Drummer wrote. But he then went on to complain that he thought the agency had a tendency to abuse its authority "by overzealous prosecution of matters." Drummer essentially pleaded ignorance to all of the report's finding, claiming that he didn't have access to any of the documents necessary to respond to them. Ironically, Drummer said he hired Mizen away from the SBOA to make sure that his office's finances were "handled by someone expert in SBOA rules and processes." Drummer then grew very defensive, worrying that he might be held strictly liable for potential errors that he . . . could not reasonably detect." He then worried about the report's impact on his reputation. "In the public's view, my reputation will be tarnished by the mere publication of this report." Apparently Drummer is oblivious to his poor reputation that he accumulated during his tenure as Center Township Trustee. He continued, "The SBOA's report belies these efforts and does a disservice to both myself and many others who worked tirelessly to provide a valuable service to the public. Yeah, Drummer worked tirelessly to steer six-figure legal payments to his buddy Lacy Johnson for years so that he could call in a favor and get his good buddy to give him a high-paying job as a lobbyist despite his lack of education credentials that most job applicants are required to meet in order to work for Ice Miller.
WRTV is reporting that the Attorney General's Office and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office are reviewing the report's findings. I wouldn't hold my breath expecting anything to happen on the criminal front. This is Indiana, after all. The more you lie, cheat and steal in the name of public service, the more you get ahead.