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EPISD internal auditor resigns; District looks to fill position

By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas The El Paso Independent School Districts internal auditor resigned at the height of a cheating scandal.

Joe Yanez helped uncover some of that cheating, but he also followed orders not to make his findings public.

Last week, the school districts board of managers discussed his performance and contract behind closed doors. Yanez resigned days later.

The internal auditor is a very critical function to make sure we are on top of whats going on, said Dee Margo, president of the districts Board of Managers.

Margo quickly filled the void left by Yanezs resignation with Interim Auditor Myra Molina, who was second in command under Yanez.

"I don't know her personally. The board of managers will need to meet with her, but I hear very positive things and she's quite capable, Margo said.

According to open records request documents from KFOX14s media partner the El Paso Times, during Yanezs time as EPISD auditor, he often gave infrequent and incomplete reports, often went months without reporting to the school board, sometimes took more than a year to complete audits and sometimes gave vague information to the school board about campus wrongdoing investigations.

Margo compared EPISDs internal audit department with other local districts.

We have a staff, we have the largest staff in the region. I can't remember how many people we've got there, but we have one of the largest staffs for internal auditing of any district in this region, Margo said. I mean we're dealing with a billion-dollar entity with 10,000 employees. The internal auditor has certain functions that are critical to the operations of the district.

Some of those functions Margo described include hotline reports and investigations into possible wrongdoing or violations. All of which are reasons why the district with the stained reputation needs to make the right hire for their next auditor.



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